Hagen Heights Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Hagen Heights Vineyard 2002
93 pts Wine Enthusiast This debut of the 2002 Hagen Heights Cabernet Sauvignon adds an exciting newcomer to this elite group. Those who are fortunate to have a taste of this rare wine (only 250 cases produced), will do a double take at the beautiful, yet unfamiliar label, while their palates salivate, eyes widen and smiles grow from the start all the way through to the broad, silky finish. Primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with the deft addition of Cabernet Franc, the 2002 Hagen Heights tantalizes the senses with complex flavors or red berries and dark fruits set alongside a rich, yet supple mouth-filling experience. No doubt the source of the grapes, just off Hagen Road in the cool Coombsville area east of the town of Napa, serves to promote the stylish, elegant character and impeccable balance of the wine. Oak: 55% New Oak, 45% Older or Neutral Oak
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D.J. and Diane Smith released their first wine, a 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, to widespread critical acclaim. The winery is locatedin the southeastern end of Napa Valley about nine miles from the San Francisco Bay. The cooler climate there allows for two to three weeks longer hang time, or ripening of the grapes. Mike Wolf, whose client list includes Robert Mondavi, Silver Oak, Etude, Harlan Estate, Far Niente, Duckhorn, Merryvale and Cakebread, was vineyard construction manager. Heather Pyle, who worked on the Robert Mondavi Reserve reds in the 1980’s and 1990’s, is winemaker, and Raul Gloria is vineyard manager. The vineyard’s volcanic cinder/creek bed loam soils are planted to Bordeaux Cabernet Franc Clone 332, U.C. Davis Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 8 and Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 337, all grown on 101-14 rootstock.The Smith’s released only 250 cases of this promising new Cabernet Sauvignon. It is smooth and supple with fine-grain tannins, and notes of baked fruit, mission fig, mulberry, tar and vanilla. Spot-on varietal character comes through on the long, expressive finish. Though enjoyable right out of the bottle, decanting for aeration will bring out even more character.