Hagen Heights Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Hagen Heights Vineyard 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose has allspice, dark chocolate, ripe plum and cassis in approximately equal proportions; The mouth is remarkably soft and yet mouthfilling with no hard edges, dryness or bitterness; The finish is long and warm and shows the plum, some berry and cherry as well as tobacco and leather in the end. Peter Marks, MW says "From the first release of their 2002 vintage to this new 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hagen Heights continues to amaze me with each successive vintage. 2004 is clearly the finest wine from this estate vineyard located east of the town of Napa. Here the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes ripen slowly in vineyards cooled by the nearby San Francisco Bay, developing delicious cassis, blackberry and black cherry flavors. This Hagen Heights Cabernet offers wonderfully rich, bright, forward fruit flavors, but unlike the intense and often overpowering wines from warmer vineyards in the northern part of the valley, the wine beautifully balances its fruit with elegance and finesse, along with a lovely, long, supple finish expertly complemented with nuances of toast and spice from gentle oak aging. You can easily delight in pouring this wine today with a selection of fine artisan cheeses, or a roast prime rib of beef, or better yet, age the wine in the cellar for another 10 years and watch it grow from one strength to another." Oak: 25% new French; 10% new American; 65% older oak, half of which is once used

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Hagen Heights Vineyards:
As the French are fond of saying the quality begins with the very specific terroir or soils and weather of where the grapes are grown. Hagen Heights Vineyard is located at the southeast end of California’s great Napa Valley. The soils are part volcanic cinder and part creek bed loam. These qualities give the vines the nutrition needed, while providing excellent drainage and some “stress” during... Read more
As the French are fond of saying the quality begins with the very specific terroir or soils and weather of where the grapes are grown. Hagen Heights Vineyard is located at the southeast end of California’s great Napa Valley. The soils are part volcanic cinder and part creek bed loam. These qualities give the vines the nutrition needed, while providing excellent drainage and some “stress” during even the wettest years. Our selection for the genetic clones to be planted was based on our desire for premium “grape stock” matched to our specific soils. We planted about .8 acres of Bordeaux Cabernet Franc Clone 332, 3 acres of U.C. Davis Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 8 and 5 acres of Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 337, all grown on 101-14 rootstock. Because we are located only about 9 miles from the San Francisco Bay, we average temperatures that are 5 to 10 degrees cooler than many of the famous “up valley” red wine vineyards. The great advantage of our “micro climate” is the 2 to 3 weeks of additional “hang time” our grapes have to ripen. This gives us the ability to more carefully “time” our harvest to exact the optimum sugar and other qualities contributing to the “cool climate” style of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that we believe our vineyard is best suited to produce. Heather comes to us with a Masters Degree in Enology from U.C. Davis. She was the winemaker for Mondavi in the 1980’s and 1990’s when Mondavi was leading the world in creative winemaking in terms of both technology and methodology. Heather’s 17 year tenure with Mondavi was focused on their reserve red wines. While on the Mondavi team she has also worked on harvests in Africa, Chile and Italy. Heather purchased many lots of red grapes from the Tulocay region. She was particularly impressed with the soft, subtle and complex flavors she found here. She wanted to create a wine exclusively from them. Read less

The nose has allspice, dark chocolate, ripe plum and cassis in approximately equal proportions; The mouth is remarkably soft and yet mouthfilling with no hard edges, dryness or bitterness; The finish is long and warm and shows the plum, some berry and cherry as well as tobacco and leather in the end. Peter Marks, MW says "From the first release of their 2002 vintage to this new 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hagen Heights continues to amaze me with each successive vintage. 2004 is clearly the finest wine from this estate vineyard located east of the town of Napa. Here the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes ripen slowly in vineyards cooled by the nearby San Francisco Bay, developing delicious cassis, blackberry and black cherry flavors. This Hagen Heights Cabernet offers wonderfully rich, bright, forward fruit flavors, but unlike the intense and often overpowering wines from warmer vineyards in the northern part of the valley, the wine beautifully balances its fruit with elegance and finesse, along with a lovely, long, supple finish expertly complemented with nuances of toast and spice from gentle oak aging. You can easily delight in pouring this wine today with a selection of fine artisan cheeses, or a roast prime rib of beef, or better yet, age the wine in the cellar for another 10 years and watch it grow from one strength to another." Oak: 25% new French; 10% new American; 65% older oak, half of which is once used

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