Neal Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003

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Strikingly deep and dark ruby in color. An intoxicating mixture of cherries, black cassis, sweet oak, violet and cigar box spice rises from the glass. Layers of ripe Bing cherries, raspberries and semi-sweet cocoa dominate the mid-palate giving this wine a nice backbone and plenty of structure. The fruit is present with firm tannin and a nice acidity provides a beautiful balance. Brown sugar and a crme brule induced finish that lingers for more than 30 seconds. Not a flamboyant, in your face type of wine, but rather an elegant, restrained and seductive style to lure you in. The 2003 will reward you handsomely after cellaring for some additional time or if decanted when young. 100% NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNONHARVEST DATES: September 17 to October 30, 2003VINEYARD LOCATIONS:Howell Mountain (organically grown), Atlas Peak, Mt. Veeder, Rutherford (some organically grown), St.Helena, CoombsvilleCOOPERAGE: Barrel Aged 22 Months in French Oak. Bottled August 20, 2005TECHNICAL DATA: Alcohol: 14.8%pH: 3.79TA: 0.54

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Neal Family Vineyards:
Mark Neal worked for his father's business since its inception and in 1994, shortly after Jack's passing, he assumed the position of President and Owner of Jack Neal & Son (JNS), Inc. JNS started implementing organic farming practices in 1984 and, today, the company farms over 85% of the vineyards under its management - most of which are planted on the hillsides of Napa Valley - organically. ... Read more
Mark Neal worked for his father's business since its inception and in 1994, shortly after Jack's passing, he assumed the position of President and Owner of Jack Neal & Son (JNS), Inc. JNS started implementing organic farming practices in 1984 and, today, the company farms over 85% of the vineyards under its management - most of which are planted on the hillsides of Napa Valley - organically. For four decades, it has been the Neal Family's mission to grow the highest quality wine grapes, which produce the ultra-premium wines world renowned to the Napa Valley. Mark Neal has diligently worked to complete the family dream of building a winery. He built Neal Family Vineyards with the intention of producing wines that exemplify the quality of the winegrapes grown by his family for many years. Wines produced by the Neal Family Vineyards winery are a tribute to his father, who taught Mark the importance of family and friends, a true appreciation of the vineyards and the winegrowing process, and the love of great food paired with exceptional wine. Read less

Member Reviews for Neal Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Snooth User: Mike Pobega
125081448
4.00 5
02/25/2009

My second of this. It showed slightly better. The color was dark, the nose was Cabernet. Good currant/cassis, blackberries, and anise on the palate. This one was balanced much better, but there was a metallic tone on the midpalate and a finish that should have lasted longer. I guess for what it is...it is. Nothing more. I doubt time will come to the rescue of this flaw.I wouldn't throw this one out of bed, but wouldn't wine and dine it either.


Snooth User: Mike Pobega
125081448
3.50 5
02/25/2009

Vigorous decanted for 30 minutes. Good pruple fringed color. Wonderful 'true' cabernet on the nose. This is a four square wine; it's varietally correct and sound, nothing more. It has some black-cherry, currant, and a slight cassis note. A little off balance as its a little high on acid. It is a good effort for an '03, but not memorable (another '03 that falls into this category). Picked up from a fellow BBer for $30 each.Drink 'em if you got 'em.


Snooth User: JEHWineLover
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4.00 5
12/12/2009

Good solid wine for the money........


Snooth User: mjdvorkin
31993245
3.00 5
09/27/2007

Three glasses


External Reviews for Neal Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

External Review
Source: The Wine Closet
12/11/2009

Tasting Notes August 15, 2005 - Strikingly deep and dark ruby in color. An intoxicating mixture of cherries, black cassis, sweet oak, violet and cigar box spice rises from the glass. Layers of ripe Bing cherries, raspberries and semi-sweet cocoa dominate the mid-palate giving this wine a nice backbone and plenty of structure. The fruit is present with firm tannin and a nice acidity provides a beautiful balance. Brown sugar and a crème brulée induced finish that lingers for more than 30 seconds. Not a flamboyant, in your face type of wine, but rather an elegant, restrained and seductive style to lure you in. The 2003 will reward you handsomely after cellaring for some additional time or if decanted when young.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2003 Family, Neal Cabernet Sauvignon 1500ml


External Review
Source: The Wine Closet
10/25/2010

Neal 03 Cabernet Sauvignon - Magnum



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Strikingly deep and dark ruby in color. An intoxicating mixture of cherries, black cassis, sweet oak, violet and cigar box spice rises from the glass. Layers of ripe Bing cherries, raspberries and semi-sweet cocoa dominate the mid-palate giving this wine a nice backbone and plenty of structure. The fruit is present with firm tannin and a nice acidity provides a beautiful balance. Brown sugar and a crme brule induced finish that lingers for more than 30 seconds. Not a flamboyant, in your face type of wine, but rather an elegant, restrained and seductive style to lure you in. The 2003 will reward you handsomely after cellaring for some additional time or if decanted when young. 100% NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNONHARVEST DATES: September 17 to October 30, 2003VINEYARD LOCATIONS:Howell Mountain (organically grown), Atlas Peak, Mt. Veeder, Rutherford (some organically grown), St.Helena, CoombsvilleCOOPERAGE: Barrel Aged 22 Months in French Oak. Bottled August 20, 2005TECHNICAL DATA: Alcohol: 14.8%pH: 3.79TA: 0.54

Dietary Information: Organic


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