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Neal Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005

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While most Napa vineyards in 2005 produced record crops, the majority of our fruit comes from mountain and hillside vineyards that experience wildly different growing conditions. While the valley floor was setting a huge crop in the spring, the mountains were a month behind and the resulting bloom weather in those sites was less than ideal. Our crop yields in the hills were close to half of what we hoped for but the resulting quality is perhaps the best yet at Neal Family.Harvesting took place over a month later than the 2004 season, but maturity and flavors from our organically grown fruit were impressive. Continuing the use of wild yeast fermentations and extended macerations shape the wines at an early stage, giving us ripe, intense character without excessive tannins and alcohol. Barrel aging in our cave for over 22 months concentrates the flavors and refines the tannin profile. Bottling is then decided upon when we taste the developed mouthfeel we are looking for.This year has the most intense concentration of flavors and aromas to date. Rich, ripe fruit and complexity sum up this Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas and flavors include black cherry, plum, cassis, floral notes, chocolate, black licorice, tea and spice. The generous and velvety tannins allow the fruit and candy flavors, along with an earthy (Rutherford Dust) character, to evolve into a delightful finish that provides great depth to the wine. HARVEST INFORMATION:Harvest Dates: October 3, 2005 through November 3, 2005Vineyard Locations: Howell Mountain, Atlas Peak, Mt. Veeder, Rutherford, St. Helena, CoombsvilleCOOPERAGE:Barrel Aged 22 Months 80% New French Oak Bottled August 2007TECHNICAL DATA:100% Napa Valley100% Cabernet Sauvignon100% Organically Grown GrapesAlcohol: 14.6%pH: 3.89 TA: 0.57

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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

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Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.50 5
06/25/2011

Big, burly and a tad rustic in style. Heavy tannin. - Tasted at winery 12/30/10


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
04/27/2010

Wonderfully floral with bright red fruit. Very nice cab!


Snooth User: rjhilgers
7368213
4.00 5
05/31/2008

Four glasses


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Source: CoolVines
03/23/2009

Biodynamically produced Cabernet from Mark J. Neal, the largest vineyard manager in Napa Valley, blended from six hillside and mountain vineyards in the Napa Valley.



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While most Napa vineyards in 2005 produced record crops, the majority of our fruit comes from mountain and hillside vineyards that experience wildly different growing conditions. While the valley floor was setting a huge crop in the spring, the mountains were a month behind and the resulting bloom weather in those sites was less than ideal. Our crop yields in the hills were close to half of what we hoped for but the resulting quality is perhaps the best yet at Neal Family.Harvesting took place over a month later than the 2004 season, but maturity and flavors from our organically grown fruit were impressive. Continuing the use of wild yeast fermentations and extended macerations shape the wines at an early stage, giving us ripe, intense character without excessive tannins and alcohol. Barrel aging in our cave for over 22 months concentrates the flavors and refines the tannin profile. Bottling is then decided upon when we taste the developed mouthfeel we are looking for.This year has the most intense concentration of flavors and aromas to date. Rich, ripe fruit and complexity sum up this Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas and flavors include black cherry, plum, cassis, floral notes, chocolate, black licorice, tea and spice. The generous and velvety tannins allow the fruit and candy flavors, along with an earthy (Rutherford Dust) character, to evolve into a delightful finish that provides great depth to the wine. HARVEST INFORMATION:Harvest Dates: October 3, 2005 through November 3, 2005Vineyard Locations: Howell Mountain, Atlas Peak, Mt. Veeder, Rutherford, St. Helena, CoombsvilleCOOPERAGE:Barrel Aged 22 Months 80% New French Oak Bottled August 2007TECHNICAL DATA:100% Napa Valley100% Cabernet Sauvignon100% Organically Grown GrapesAlcohol: 14.6%pH: 3.89 TA: 0.57

Dietary Information: Organic


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