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Rubissow-Sargent Red Blend Mt. Veeder les Trompettes 2003

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"One of the best California Cab Franc-based wines I've EVER tasted. Napa Valley's answer to Cheval Blanc. Aromas of black plums and dark cherry. Hint of pleasant herbal aromas. Lavender. Clean, rich, full bodied. Rich intensity. Perfectly balanced. Very long finish. EXCELLENT wine. Tastes like a great St. Emilion....." -RONN WIEGAND - Master of Wine & Publisher of Restaurant Wine. APPELLATION Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder - Rubissow Vineyards. Farmed organically. PRODUCTION 12/750 ml - 401 cases WINEMAKER NOTES The above review says it all. Still, a few words of note: Besides the wine itself, the big news here is that after 22 years in partnership with the Rubissows, Winemaker Tony Sargent called this vintage of Trompettes his last and announced his retirement. His new title is Winemaker Emeritus. New Winemaker Timothy Milos debuts with the 2004 vintage. Meanwhile, this superb 2003 Trompettes represents Tony Sargent's lifetime of winemaking wisdom and skill, focused into a clear (and delicious) statement of style all his own. This proprietary red wine is Night harvested, crushed cool and cold-soaked for optimal expression of the wine's distinct Mount Veeder character. The Rubissow Vineyard is 100% organic (non-certified). The entire property is farmed using state-of-the-art organic practices. BLEND Cabernet Franc 65% Merlot 35% WINEMAKER Tony Sargent

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Rubissow-Sargent:
This longstanding under-the-radar winery in Berkeley is now closed. The NEW Rubissow brand has taken its place and all operations have been moved to Napa Valley, closer to the Rubissow family's Mt. Veeder vineyard estate. Former Physics and Chemistry mad scientist PhDs from UC Berkeley, George Rubissow & Tony Sargent founded Rubissow-Sargent in 1983 with the singular goal of making extraor... Read more
This longstanding under-the-radar winery in Berkeley is now closed. The NEW Rubissow brand has taken its place and all operations have been moved to Napa Valley, closer to the Rubissow family's Mt. Veeder vineyard estate. Former Physics and Chemistry mad scientist PhDs from UC Berkeley, George Rubissow & Tony Sargent founded Rubissow-Sargent in 1983 with the singular goal of making extraordinary Bordeaux styled wines at a fair price. All the fruit for their wines came form George's 45 acre Mt Veeder estate which he farmed with his two children, Ariel and Peter. The winery's proprietary red, Trompettes gained quick acclaim for its comparison to Bordeaux's famed Cheval Blanc. R-S was the first US winery to grow and produce the South African varietal Pinotage. Just two vintages were made. 1990 and 1991. The winery's classically styled Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Trompettes (65% Cab Franc-35% Merlot) and rarely produced Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon can still be found in the nation's finest restaurant cellars and retailers in ever-dwindling quantities. Restaurants that devotedly carried thw wines from year to year included Le Bernardin, Gramercy Tavern and Craft in NY, Quince in SF, Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Blackbird in Chicago, Campanile in Los Angeles and Sweet Basil in Vail, Colorado. The winery's final vintage was the excellent 2003, resulting in well balanced, medium bodied wines. Carrying the torch forward, the new, next generation RUBISSOW wines are just now showing up in the marketplace and the debut 2004s have been spotted on hot wine lists from Charlie Trotter's in Chicago to Craft in Los Angeles, to Boulevard in San Francisco. Prices are higher, reflecting radically reduced production and greatly increased fruit expression. Rubissow-Sargent wines meanwhile will live on for decades in wine cellars and private collections around the world and will no doubt be discussed for years to come... Read less

"One of the best California Cab Franc-based wines I've EVER tasted. Napa Valley's answer to Cheval Blanc. Aromas of black plums and dark cherry. Hint of pleasant herbal aromas. Lavender. Clean, rich, full bodied. Rich intensity. Perfectly balanced. Very long finish. EXCELLENT wine. Tastes like a great St. Emilion....." -RONN WIEGAND - Master of Wine & Publisher of Restaurant Wine. APPELLATION Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder - Rubissow Vineyards. Farmed organically. PRODUCTION 12/750 ml - 401 cases WINEMAKER NOTES The above review says it all. Still, a few words of note: Besides the wine itself, the big news here is that after 22 years in partnership with the Rubissows, Winemaker Tony Sargent called this vintage of Trompettes his last and announced his retirement. His new title is Winemaker Emeritus. New Winemaker Timothy Milos debuts with the 2004 vintage. Meanwhile, this superb 2003 Trompettes represents Tony Sargent's lifetime of winemaking wisdom and skill, focused into a clear (and delicious) statement of style all his own. This proprietary red wine is Night harvested, crushed cool and cold-soaked for optimal expression of the wine's distinct Mount Veeder character. The Rubissow Vineyard is 100% organic (non-certified). The entire property is farmed using state-of-the-art organic practices. BLEND Cabernet Franc 65% Merlot 35% WINEMAKER Tony Sargent

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