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Pietra Santa Cabernet Sauvignon Cienega Valley 2003

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Our Cabernet Sauvignon is produced solely from our estate vineyards using blocks with an average age of twenty years. The grapes were harvested the last week of October and the longer hang-time allowed the fruit to fully develop concentration and complexity. After fermentation, the wine underwent four weeks of extended maceration prior to aging for over 2 years in French oak barrels. This wine has rich flavors of black cherry and blackberry with undertones of dark chocolate and cedar. The wine has a silky texture and soft tannins.

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Pietra Santa Winery:
The Winery Pietra Santa and its History Pietra Santa is a family-run estate producing artisanal wines and olive oils in California’s Central Coast. The site was planted to winegrapes in the 1850s by Frenchman Theophile Vache who chose the location because of the maritime climate and unique soils. Pietra Santa is 25 miles from Monterey Bay and benefits from cool coastal breezes that allo... Read more
The Winery Pietra Santa and its History Pietra Santa is a family-run estate producing artisanal wines and olive oils in California’s Central Coast. The site was planted to winegrapes in the 1850s by Frenchman Theophile Vache who chose the location because of the maritime climate and unique soils. Pietra Santa is 25 miles from Monterey Bay and benefits from cool coastal breezes that allow for a long growing season. The estate’s location on the San Andreas Fault creates soils rich with granite and limestone that naturally lower yields and add distinctive flavors to the wines. The winery was named PIETRA SANTA, Italian for SACRED STONE, in honor of these exceptional soils. In 2005, the property was purchased by the Blackburns, a family dedicated to preserving and building upon this magnificent winemaking history. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Pietra Santa Cabernet Sauvignon Cienega Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,984
4.00 5
11/11/2008

Nicely aromtic with a balance to the cassis, jalapeno, and herb notes with a fine background notes of smoky gravel. There is some oak here but it is well integrated and offers a bit of a background foundation that allows the fruit and mineral tones to pop. This has solid acidity and offers a lean focused mouthfeel at first though over the course of several hours this fills out and gains considerable sweetness. The tannins here are ripe yet crisp and have more than a passing resemblance to Santa Cruz Mountain fruit. Ever so slightly astringent on the finish with tones of cocoa, tobacco, and mineral supporting the ripe cassis fruit. A solid surprise 90pts


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Snooth User: Chris Carpita
330935,531
3.50 5
11/21/2008

Very mineral, smooth flavor, chocolate and raspberries


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.50 5
11/21/2008

Very dark and luscious. Fairly medicinal flavor but overall a nice spicy Cali Cab that offers slightly more complexity than the norm.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
11/21/2008

A really fascinating dirty, stony nose - full of wet sheeps wool and minerality. Thick, dense and fruity - this is a powerful, yet mineral wine. A unique taste, and one I quite liked. Nice.


4.00 5
11/21/2008

There's a spicy black pepper, herbaceous nose which I really like on this wine. The palate is smooth, with dark blackberry fruit, chocolate, smooth round tannins, some light leather and oak, and licorice on the finish. Delicious wine.



Our Cabernet Sauvignon is produced solely from our estate vineyards using blocks with an average age of twenty years. The grapes were harvested the last week of October and the longer hang-time allowed the fruit to fully develop concentration and complexity. After fermentation, the wine underwent four weeks of extended maceration prior to aging for over 2 years in French oak barrels. This wine has rich flavors of black cherry and blackberry with undertones of dark chocolate and cedar. The wine has a silky texture and soft tannins.

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