Hagen Heights Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Hagen Heights Vineyard 2005

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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.

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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

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Vintage: 2002 10/16/2008

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.



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