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Corté Riva Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

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BOLD: Blackberry, cherry, chocolate, sweet oak, refined

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Corte Riva Vineyards:
Lawrence Cortez and Nieves Cortez (husband and wife)used their experiences throughout the years of being in the wine industry and started Corté Riva Vineyards. Lawrence Cortez and Romel Rivera are the two winemakers for Corté Riva Vineyards. Romel Rivera is the Head Winemaker, while Lawrence Cortez is the Assistant Winemaker and heads the cellar work. These two men emigrated from the Philippin... Read more
Lawrence Cortez and Nieves Cortez (husband and wife)used their experiences throughout the years of being in the wine industry and started Corté Riva Vineyards. Lawrence Cortez and Romel Rivera are the two winemakers for Corté Riva Vineyards. Romel Rivera is the Head Winemaker, while Lawrence Cortez is the Assistant Winemaker and heads the cellar work. These two men emigrated from the Philippines with their families in the late 1970’s. They came in search of new opportunities to improve their lives; they came for the American dream, where hard work is rewarded and everyone has a chance to succeed. Although they initially arrived in different areas of California, these two men began a friendship in the Napa Valley town of Calistoga where they both worked in a vineyard tending the grapes. They even became family with the marriage of Lawrence to Romel’s cousin Nieves! In 1996, Romel and Lawrence began to experiment with making their own wine, drawing upon their many years of experience and their intimate knowledge of grapes and wine production. After a few years of experimentation, family, friends and business associates urged them to create and sell their own wine. Lawrence and Nieves decided to invest in themselves and their family. The name Corté Riva pays homage to the winemakers, Cortez and Rivera Both winemakers have exacting tastes and they demand quality. They prefer grapes from the Napa region because the volcanic soil stresses the vines in just the right amount resulting in small, tight, well-structured berry clusters filled with concentrated flavors. Lawrence and Romel choose only the best available fruit. Having lived and worked in the Napa Valley for so long, they are very knowledgeable about the variations in the Napa Valley terroir which includes climate, soil make-up and terrain. Family, friends and business associates continue to play a major role in the Corté Riva Vineyards label. The friends and family are always on hand to help with delivery, technical advice, miscellaneous assistance and, of course, tasting, particularly tasting! Pride Mountain Vineyards, where Romel is employed as assistant winemaker and Lawrence is a cellar master, and Pride’s head winemaker Bob Foley have been instrumental in the success and growth of Corté Riva. Read less

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
2.50 5
07/25/2009

I found this a very odd cab. More akin to a smoky southern Rhone wine. It had a very toasted quality which I think overpowered the cab qualities. Wasn't for me, but a lot of people at the tasting were really enjoying it. Marche Bacchus in Las Vegas has it for a bargain price of $29.


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
125081448
4.50 5
02/25/2009

Deep dark color with purple tinged edges. The nose is pure cab with cassis & dark cherry cola. This is not as big and flamboyant as one would expect from a Foley wine. It'sis very clean, pure and exact. The palate has the same dark cherry cola that stands out above all else. Great structure and mouthfeel. Elegant with a 'quiet lush' profile, all with a very lively acid level. The tannins are super tight. An interesting bottle that will please even the super-picky ca drinker. This will be amazing in 5 years. Amazing



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