Mcgrail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Livermore Valley 2004
Harvest Notes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon harvested by hand took place in the early morning hours of Monday, September 27 at an average brix of 24°. Our vines produce low yields to capture intense, deep flavors in all of the fruit. Then the fruit is hand sorted before entering the crusher and placed in small stainless steel fermentors. Winemaking Notes: As primary fermentation finishes, the wine is re-racked and the must cold soaked for 36 hours while pumping over a screen twice daily to insure nothing but the highest quality fruit went through malolactic fermentation. Next, the juice is gently pumped into barrels. The wine is aged for 30 months in American, Hungarian, and French Oak barrels being re-racked several times. Lastly, the wine was bottled June 2007, two months before being released. Tasting Notes: Our 2004 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon is an approachable, well-balanced wine, crafted with the finest grapes in the Livermore valley. This wine has aromas of dark cherries, blackberries, and raspberries and satisfying flavors of dark chocolate, smoke, and tobacco. The finish is full and round with great richness. Technical Notes: Appellation: Livermore Valley Bottled: June 2007 pH : 3.61 TA : 0.60 RS: 0.5% Alcohol: 13.7% Aging: 30 months French, American, and Hungarian oak Return to McGrail Vineyards wine list
Great start to finish. Easy cab to drink but still enough complexity to keep it interesting. Would bring to any dinner party.
I went wine tasting here and loved their 2004 Cabernet. They also just released their 2005 Cabernet Reserve which I became a huge fan of as well. My husband, who is not a big red wine drinker loved the wine so much he insisted that we join their wine club. It also has an amazing view. It was so nice to just sit, relax and enjoy a glass of wine while gazing out at the beautiful Livermore Valley sunset! Its a must to at least stop in for a taste!
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Ginger and Jim McGrail planted their 16-acre vineyard to Cabernet Sauvignon (clones 8 and 15) in 1996 with the intent of selling most of their fruit to their good friend Phil Wente, who encouraged them to grow the grape in this hilly site on the far eastern side of Livermore. But then a lot of other people had the same idea. Fortunately, when the vineyard came online bigtime, there were other wineries who stepped in and took their excellent hillside fruit, most notably Steven Kent, Crooked Vine Winery, and Wood Family Vineyards. In 2004, the McGrails had their fruit custom-crushed at several places, including Wente. Claude Bobba, legendary winemaker for Wente, Steven Kent Winery and many others in the region, was their <i>vigneron et chaperone</i> at the Senior GrapeStomp Prom. Jim McGrail is the winemaker of record. The resulting McGrail Vineyards Cabernet was aged in American, Hungarian and French oak for 30 months, with several rackings prior to bottling. This to me is classic Livermore Cab, with ripe earthy blueberry-blackberry pie aromas, framed by wet adobe brick walls. It has a gorgeous color that completely entrances. The flavours are complex and layered like a Dutch chocolate cake, going from mint chocolate to currants to cassis, then black pepper, tarragon and even meaty bacon and pumpernickel bread. It’s easy to drink, even for an ‘04. And the alcohol is not too over the curved crown of that adobe wall. There is something distinctive and attractive about Livermore Cab, and this is it.
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