Erba Mountainside Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003

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Planted to all five Bordeaux varietals as well as Syrah, the Erba Mountainside Vineyard team has been blessed with a ‘next to perfect’ setting nestled well above the fog line. The vineyard is a twenty acre parcel consisting of fourteen blocks. Each row receives abundant sunshine through the early morning and mid-day, followed by forgiving Westerly breezes and cooling shade in the afternoon. To put it simply, each acre of Erba Mountainside grapes ripens without over exposure to maintain structure and vineyard characteristics. The premiere 2003 releases of Erba Mountainside Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah consistently display a dark and richly complex, site specific character that you would only expect from the most seasoned wines. It all begins in that ‘next to perfect’ setting. Climate: Located on the Western slope of Atlas Peak, Erba Mountainside Vineyard typically receives early morning and mid afternoon sun. The soils are volcanic and porous enabling the heat to radiate. Cooling breezes typically rush through the mountains at times taking the temperature down 30° F by late afternoon. The temperature change is vital to maintain acid structure in the grapes. Winemaking: Winemaker Kristof Anderson believes that winemaking begins in the vineyard and works closely with his vineyard management team to best understand the performance of each block. After harvest, clusters are destemmed and sorted prior to crushing. Malolactic fermentation is done in barrique. 100% French Oak is used throughout, Cabernet is exposed to 75% new and 25% neutral so as not to overwhelm vineyard characteristics. Tasting Notes: Deep hue of dark purple and quite rich texture seen as the wine is poured. Black cherries, elements of smoke, wet earth, a bit of raspberry and vanilla all on the nose. A very structured wine with big tannins that are quite youthful give way to dominant flavors of black fruits, plums,

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Erba Vineyards:
In 1998, after two years in searching for a site that could be developed into a premium,world class vineyard,the goal was finally achieved. This site possesses the attributes for a unique terroir with features of steep slopes at high elevations of 1100 to 1550 feet above sea level with very rocky volcanic soils. The vineyard has a unique microclimate next to Atlas Peak.It is above the mornin... Read more
In 1998, after two years in searching for a site that could be developed into a premium,world class vineyard,the goal was finally achieved. This site possesses the attributes for a unique terroir with features of steep slopes at high elevations of 1100 to 1550 feet above sea level with very rocky volcanic soils. The vineyard has a unique microclimate next to Atlas Peak.It is above the morning fog which allows abundant sunshine throughout the day to ripen the grapes fully. Cooling westerly breezes come over the mountainridge midday and in the late afternoon the mountainridge shades the hot afternoon sun. The vineyard was developed into 14 blocks with a total of 20 acres planted. Each block has varying row direction and slope and therefore each block is harvested separately for optimum ripeness. Tight vineyard spacing was used to give the vines more competition to improve grape quality. Rootstock and varietal recommendations from Paul Skinner, PhD, matched the soil to the rootstock to keep vigor low and balanced. With much research the highest quality, low yielding clones were used including many of the ENTAV-INRA clones from France. All five Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, as well as Syrah were planted. Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for approximately 70% of the vineyard plantings. Kristof Anderson, winemaker, has been making the wines at Erba Mountainside Vineyards since 2003. He was assistant winemaker for Nils Venge at Saddleback until 2001 and made the 2002 Lewis wines. He also makes wines for Garguilo and has his own label Pella. He has been very active in managing the vineyard throughout the growing season and in making harvest decisions. All wines are made from the estate grapes. 2003 was the first commercial vintage for Erba Mountainside Vineyards. We are very enthusiastic about the quality of the new releases of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah to be released in 2006 Read less

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Snooth User: enophiliac
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01/23/2008

Take your time to enjoy this, Paul Erba's wines are modestly restrained at first, but, once decanted there's no way to escape the breadth of quality he and Kristof Anderson have managed to get in the bottle. Opulence, power, richness of Cabernet all couple with this exotic thread that radiates from the volcanic soils of Atlas Peak. Undeniably, a REAL wine and something of a must for your cellar.



Planted to all five Bordeaux varietals as well as Syrah, the Erba Mountainside Vineyard team has been blessed with a ‘next to perfect’ setting nestled well above the fog line. The vineyard is a twenty acre parcel consisting of fourteen blocks. Each row receives abundant sunshine through the early morning and mid-day, followed by forgiving Westerly breezes and cooling shade in the afternoon. To put it simply, each acre of Erba Mountainside grapes ripens without over exposure to maintain structure and vineyard characteristics. The premiere 2003 releases of Erba Mountainside Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah consistently display a dark and richly complex, site specific character that you would only expect from the most seasoned wines. It all begins in that ‘next to perfect’ setting. Climate: Located on the Western slope of Atlas Peak, Erba Mountainside Vineyard typically receives early morning and mid afternoon sun. The soils are volcanic and porous enabling the heat to radiate. Cooling breezes typically rush through the mountains at times taking the temperature down 30° F by late afternoon. The temperature change is vital to maintain acid structure in the grapes. Winemaking: Winemaker Kristof Anderson believes that winemaking begins in the vineyard and works closely with his vineyard management team to best understand the performance of each block. After harvest, clusters are destemmed and sorted prior to crushing. Malolactic fermentation is done in barrique. 100% French Oak is used throughout, Cabernet is exposed to 75% new and 25% neutral so as not to overwhelm vineyard characteristics. Tasting Notes: Deep hue of dark purple and quite rich texture seen as the wine is poured. Black cherries, elements of smoke, wet earth, a bit of raspberry and vanilla all on the nose. A very structured wine with big tannins that are quite youthful give way to dominant flavors of black fruits, plums,

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