Fife Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2004
Mountain CabSince the last century, the Napa Valley has been known as one of the best places in the world to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. Our Cabernet Sauvignon in particular comes from the well-drained soils of Spring Mountain as well as the gravelly, gently sloping benchland at the base of the mountain. On the Palate Forward aromas of blackcurrant, cedar, and cocoa are echoed in the concentrated and lingering flavors. The Cabernet Sauvignon is very concentrated, yet the wine also shows a refined intensity and a silky tannin structure that promises to reward those who cellar it. The Growing Season Our Napa Valley vineyards are in exceptionally well-drained soils with excellent sun exposure. Thus, varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon will consistently reach full maturity. These vineyards were also chosen for their cooling afternoon breezes which help avoid heat build-up and preserve acidity. In general the Napa Valley had good winter rains that ended in early spring. Then flowering was about normal and gave a good start to the season. The most significant quality factor was a long, cool, and even ripening season. In our vineyards this promoted small berries and appropriate hang-time, which allowed the fruit to develop richness and concentration. The Gentle Art of Winemaking Our winemaking philosophy is simple-obtain grapes with personality, handle them minimally, then focus on blending to bring out nuance and character in the wine. We depend upon the vineyard to create the fruit, the density and the concentration. In the winemaking we seek to assure balance, elegance, texture and length of flavor. elegance, texture and length of flavor. Download Printable Version
Fife Vineyards is a small, family-operated winery producing wines that express their terroir and a European sensibility. They are food-friendly wines based on red Bordeaux, Rhône and Zinfandel varietals. We strive to avoid over-ripeness, excess oak and high alcohol, which we believe would mask the unique terroir driven flavors of our wines.
Incredibly strong notes of milk chocolate and black fruit, with a clean finish and a wonderfully mellow combination of tannens and acid. The licorice and Spring Mountain mint are bold and provide a lovely counterpoint to the cardamom and clove. Almost fully mature, this wine will continue to develop complexity for another few years. I had an opportunity to try this wine, along with nine others, at the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival in Walt Disney World this year during a wine tasting. Dennis Fife was there and explained his methods and his vision for wine, which is to combine the European concepts of terroir with the Napa Valley mini-climates. His wines are big, but complex enough that the size isn't overwhelming. Definitely a must for any well-rounded cellar - If you can get your hands on it.
Agreed with previous writer. This wine is NOW smooth and softer tannins. Drinks like velvet. The 2001 is supurb! 5-18-09