Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2002
Our 2002 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a broad-shouldered blend of 93% Cabernet and 7% Cabernet Franc, crafted from Pritchard Hill, Calistoga, Rutherford and Oak Knoll hillside vineyards. The nose is saturated with blackberry and sweet oak spice, tinged with toffee and chocolate. On entry the wine is brooding, tightly packed with fleshy fruit and sinewy texture that gathers richness and length on the palate with satisfying, fine-grained tannins. 2,200 cases produced.
In 1992, Debbie and Randy Lewis established a small family winery with their son Dennis. Total production is approximately 9,000 cases annually of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. We are literally hands-on in every aspect of vineyard management, winemaking, sales and distribution, and we thrive on this challenge and the relationships we cultivate in the process. It is our continuing goal to create world class wines.
External Reviews for Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve
...toasty vanilla bean oak and a tasty core of ripe currant, black cherry and wild berry. A burst of ripe fruit and seductive oak return on the finish... Wine Spectator. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2002 Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 1500ml
Former Indy race car driver Randy Lewis and his wife, Debbie, have a record for excellence that few in the Golden State can match. They consistently make Chardonnays, Syrahs and Cabernets worth seeking out, and have compiled an impressive 61 outstanding releases since the winery’s founding in 1994. This year, their Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 offers uncommon richness and value. The Lewises don’t own any vineyards; instead, they buy grapes harvested from vineyards throughout Napa Valley to make their wines.
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon’s aromas benefit from aeration, beginning life closed and austere, but picking up speed to reveal wonderfully cedary, black currant fruit nicely nuanced by smoky new oak. Medium to full-bodied and elegant, with admirable purity, expansiveness, and balance, this impeccably well-made Cabernet will drink well for 8–10 years.
Amazingly rich and complex, with flavor to burn, this wine stacks up wild berry, currant and blackberry fruit and then fairly smothers it with intense smoky, toasty, chocolaty oak. While immense and concentrated, it’s also very well-balanced, and the finish echoes fruit and oak, on and on. In this style, few can rival it. Drink one now; cellar a few. Drink now through 2012.
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