Lancaster Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley 2003

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2004 Lancaster Estate Nicole's Proprietary Red Winemaker's Notes Each vintage a number of our Cabernet vineyard blocks will mature to perfection, producing fruit with a definitive richness of character. From these blocks, our winemaker identifies and hand-selects grapes to craft approximately ten barrels for a proprietary bottling. Our 2004 Nicole's has ripe, extracted black cherry character, with hints of spice, chocolate and tobacco leaf, and a long, concentrated finish. 250 cases produced. 2004 Vintage Warm Temperatures in March led to an early budbreak, but a cooler spring drew out the time during bloom, giving us excellent conditions for berry set. Cool, foggy mornings in July gave way to a warm August and September. Yields were small, with dense, intense flavors. Harvest lasted from September 10 to October 16. Composition & Analysis 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot Aged 22 months in French Oak, Total acid 0.53%, pH 3.3, Alcohol, by volume 14.8% PDF (152K)

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Lancaster Estate:
Lancaster Estate remains true to the founding vision of Proprietor Ted Simpkins. We are a family owned winery, dedicated to crafting wines that are Estate grown, bottled, and produced. In 1995, we purchased the former Maacama Creek Winery and its surrounding vineyard and gave the Estate our family name, “Lancaster.” We were attracted to the site’s abundant hillsides, knowing that their diverse... Read more
Lancaster Estate remains true to the founding vision of Proprietor Ted Simpkins. We are a family owned winery, dedicated to crafting wines that are Estate grown, bottled, and produced. In 1995, we purchased the former Maacama Creek Winery and its surrounding vineyard and gave the Estate our family name, “Lancaster.” We were attracted to the site’s abundant hillsides, knowing that their diverse elevations, aspects and slopes would provide a wide range of micro-climates from which we could produce wines of intensity and concentrated varietal character. We craft Estate grown, bottled and produced wines that honor and reflect their origins. Our commitment to cultivating our land’s expression through an integrated approach to winegrowing ensures that our wines consistently retain a definitive richness of character. As a result, we produce wines which are singularly identifiable as Lancaster Estate. The Estate is located at the southernmost tip of Alexander Valley, and includes 53 hillside acres of vineyard surrounding the winery. Situated near the confluence of the Knights Valley and Chalk Hill appellations, this location offers a great diversity of soils and micro-climates and the optimum growing conditions for Bordeaux varieties. Our Estate is uniquely blessed with warm days and cool nights, and a longer growing season than other Cabernet-driven appellations. As a result, our wines express their rich, ripe flavors with bright vibrancy and balance. The property consists of 24 vineyard blocks that are sub-divided into 27 distinct sub-blocks. The vineyard is planted exclusively to the classic Bordeaux varieties—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Tasting Room Tastings and Private Tour and Tastings are available, Monday - Saturday by appointment, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. *Beginning Sunday, April 18, we will be open every day through November. We recommend advance notice as space is very limited. Please note, we cannot accommodate groups larger than 6 people without prior notice. Read less

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09/22/2008

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External Reviews for Lancaster Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley

External Review
Source: AmericanWinery.com
10/15/2007

Are there bits of diamonds in this wine? The color is a deep purple, but hold the glass up to the light and you'll see swirls of sparkles along the edges! The nose is roses and bark and perfume and pepper, making me tingle with anticipation. This is a big, gorgeous cab, full flavored and nicely structured. A good investment, lay is down for 5 years and open it on a special occasion!


External Review
Source: AmericanWinery.com
10/12/2007

At least that's what it feels like when you notice the sparkles swirling in your glass. This wine envelopes you with the scent of cloves and lavender and makes you want to share your deepest most interpersonal thoughts. The journey continues with hints of black cherry and sweet pine. I love the idea that it comes full circle as it finishes where it started with the clove and lavender dancing in your head.



2004 Lancaster Estate Nicole's Proprietary Red Winemaker's Notes Each vintage a number of our Cabernet vineyard blocks will mature to perfection, producing fruit with a definitive richness of character. From these blocks, our winemaker identifies and hand-selects grapes to craft approximately ten barrels for a proprietary bottling. Our 2004 Nicole's has ripe, extracted black cherry character, with hints of spice, chocolate and tobacco leaf, and a long, concentrated finish. 250 cases produced. 2004 Vintage Warm Temperatures in March led to an early budbreak, but a cooler spring drew out the time during bloom, giving us excellent conditions for berry set. Cool, foggy mornings in July gave way to a warm August and September. Yields were small, with dense, intense flavors. Harvest lasted from September 10 to October 16. Composition & Analysis 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot Aged 22 months in French Oak, Total acid 0.53%, pH 3.3, Alcohol, by volume 14.8% PDF (152K)

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