Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Clos Pegase grows Cabernet Sauvignon at all three of its estate vineyards, though the newest parcel, a high density planting at the winery named Applebone, is not yet in production. The principal sources will continue to be our 40-acre Palisades Vineyard, nestled at the base of Mt. St. Helena, and the spare plot known as Graveyard Hill in Carneros. Both these vineyards, despite their dramatic climatic differences, share well-drained, rocky terrain that stress and concentrate the resulting berries. Little effort is required to extract the deep black color and lush tannin structure that are the birthright of these wines. Vinified with natural yeast, and left to macerate for several weeks on their dense skins, the resulting wines reflect the opulence and fine minerality that derives from their light yielding and exacting soils. After a long fermentation with the skin and seeds, the free-run juice is extracted and run off into small French barriques for two years or more of cellar age. The press wines are collected and sold in bulk, as the long maceration renders these wines too rustic to be blended into our Clos Pegase bottlings. Smaller aliquots of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot from our estate vineyards may be judiciously added to spice the palate or perfume the aromatic profile of our Cabernet blends. Ultimately, it is the alchemy of blending that is the signature of these wines. We are blessed in being able to blend richly tannic, naturally acidic Cabernet from Graveyard Hill with the preciously aromatic, but shorter, broader-textured wines of Palisades. Here, the sum is truly greater than the parts. Flush with black cherry, cassis, mocha, chocolate and dried flowers wedded to silky, mouth-coating tannins, our Cabernet is indeed an expression of the best that Napa Valley has to offer.

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Clos Pegase:
Clos Pegase is a celebration of the ancient marriage of wine and art. The winery's very name alludes to the Greek myth which tells us that the winged horse, Pegasus, unleashed the sacred Spring of the Muses, bringing life to the vines and inspiration to the poets. The Pegasus has also inspired the proprietors of Clos Pegase, Jan and Mitsuko Shrem, to assemble an important collection of 20th ce... Read more
Clos Pegase is a celebration of the ancient marriage of wine and art. The winery's very name alludes to the Greek myth which tells us that the winged horse, Pegasus, unleashed the sacred Spring of the Muses, bringing life to the vines and inspiration to the poets. The Pegasus has also inspired the proprietors of Clos Pegase, Jan and Mitsuko Shrem, to assemble an important collection of 20th century paintings, sculpture, and wine-related art and antiquities spanning 4,000 years which grace the Clos Pegase Winery, inside and out. Read less

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09/21/2009

Tasted at the winery 9/20/09


External Reviews for Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

Full of sweet black plum and mocha flavors, this cabernet ends on a note of pencil lead. A honeyed red for brisket.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/27/2011

This savory black-currant cabernet has a broad satiny feel that carries layers of fruit flavor, from the darker fruit of mushrooms to more exuberant raspberry and blueberry. The aromas work in harmony with those flavors, adding high notes of rose and rosemary, suggesting dinner with fat portobellos grilled with onion and rosemary on rustic peasant bread.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This is firmly tannic, but itrsquo;s also quite flavorful, with layers of currant, cedar, spice and tobacco. The tannins clamp down on the finish, so cellaring until 1996 is recommended.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This winery continues to improve the quality of its offerings as evidenced by recent releases. The 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits gorgeous ripe blueberry and raspberry fruit in its flamboyant nose. Deep and velvety-textured, with impressive extraction, this full-bodied, sweet tasting (from fruit, not sugar) sexy Cabernet should drink well when released and keep for 12ndash;15 years.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

This is Clos Pegasersquo;s basic, least expensive Cabernet, but it shows the effort proprietor Jan Shrem has put into the winery and vineyards over the years. Itrsquo;s quite a good wine, rich with gorgeous tannins framing ripe currant, cassis, chocolate and licorice flavors. At its best now and for a few years, this 100% Cab is, in a word, luscious.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Clos Pegasersquo;s regular Cab, as opposed to the single-vineyards and Hommages, succeeds in the very best vintages, of which this was not one. The wine smacks of fabulous technique and is very good, but would score higher if it had greater depth and length.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Irsquo;ve been impressed by this wine for years. Made from a high mountain vineyard in the Mayacamas range, itrsquo;s dense in black currant, cherry and herb flavors, and well-structured, with a pretty coat of oak. Firm but pliant tannins and good, crisp acids frame the fruit, lending this Cab elegance and subtlety. Should develop well for 10 years.


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Clos Pegase grows Cabernet Sauvignon at all three of its estate vineyards, though the newest parcel, a high density planting at the winery named Applebone, is not yet in production. The principal sources will continue to be our 40-acre Palisades Vineyard, nestled at the base of Mt. St. Helena, and the spare plot known as Graveyard Hill in Carneros. Both these vineyards, despite their dramatic climatic differences, share well-drained, rocky terrain that stress and concentrate the resulting berries. Little effort is required to extract the deep black color and lush tannin structure that are the birthright of these wines. Vinified with natural yeast, and left to macerate for several weeks on their dense skins, the resulting wines reflect the opulence and fine minerality that derives from their light yielding and exacting soils. After a long fermentation with the skin and seeds, the free-run juice is extracted and run off into small French barriques for two years or more of cellar age. The press wines are collected and sold in bulk, as the long maceration renders these wines too rustic to be blended into our Clos Pegase bottlings. Smaller aliquots of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot from our estate vineyards may be judiciously added to spice the palate or perfume the aromatic profile of our Cabernet blends. Ultimately, it is the alchemy of blending that is the signature of these wines. We are blessed in being able to blend richly tannic, naturally acidic Cabernet from Graveyard Hill with the preciously aromatic, but shorter, broader-textured wines of Palisades. Here, the sum is truly greater than the parts. Flush with black cherry, cassis, mocha, chocolate and dried flowers wedded to silky, mouth-coating tannins, our Cabernet is indeed an expression of the best that Napa Valley has to offer.

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