Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2004
2004 Rutherford Bench RESERVE Cabernet Sauvignon Cases produced: 3412 Alcohol: 14.4% Titratable acidity: 6.1 g/L pH: 3.73 Blend percentages: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec Oak: 48% new French oak Aging: 20 months in barrel Appellation: Rutherford Harvest: The 2004 vintage was an extremely unusual vintage and was a year in which talented winemakers earned their money. Buds started pushing earlier than expected in March during surprisingly warm, summer-like conditions. There was not much spring weather to speak of until summer when we finally got some relief from the heat. Summer returned again in September and October which brought fruit in a record-breaking two weeks early. Sequoia Grove has never picked before Labor Day...but we did this year, starting with Chardonnay and then quickly moving into the red varieties. Tonnage was up to 30% light in some vineyards. The combination of the weather and the light crop made for an intense, powerful vintage, similar to 2002. Description: Deep, dark red in color, the intensity of the color immediately gets your attention. The first sniff on the nose brings many rich layers, starting with cinnamon, and quickly leading into an intriguing character that can only be described as Rutherford dust. More aromas of fresh, sun drenched blackberries, cocoa powder, and vanilla and more hard to describe characters such as fresh cranberry sauce and a hint of licorice and pencil lead. The first sip explodes on your palate and coats your tongue again with blackberry and cranberry flavor which give way to more restrained notes of black pepper and cigar box with a finish that lingers on and on. This wine will probably last longer on your tongue than it does in the tasting room, so get it now! Food suggestions: This complex wine pairs well with delicately prepared dishes with nuances of flavor. A simple dish of herb-roasted chicken and slow-cooked risotto with a touch of parmesan would pair nicely and let the wine shine through. It is delicate enough to match well with butter roasted halibut in a reduction sauce with morels and fresh peas. Grapes: The majority of grapes come from our own 24 acre Rutherford estate where all five Bordeaux varietals are grown: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. · Blending Varietals brix at harvest: between 24.0 and 27.2 · Blending Varietals harvest date: September 11-27, 2004 · Cabernet Sauvignon brix at harvest: between 24.8 and 28.6 · Cabernet Sauvignon harvest date: September 18-October 6 2004 Winemaking practices: · Hand picked · Hand-sorted fruit · 2-3 day cold soak · Inoculated with an assortment of French yeast strains · Small batch fermentations · Pumpovers 2-3 times per day · Malolactic fermentation in barrels and upright wooden casks · Racked three times before bottling Bottle size: 750 ml Bottling date: August 2006 Release date: October 2007 Deep, dark red in color, the intensity of the color immediately gets your attention. The first sniff on the nose brings many rich layers, starting with cinnamon, and quickly leading into an intriguing character that can only be described as Rutherford dust. Oak: French
There’s most definitely something special about life in the Grove. Is it the towering Sequoia trees that define the estate and inspired the name? Is it the atmosphere of unassuming sophistication? Is it our unique combination of award-winning wines (led by our signature Cabernet) created with an artisan spirit? It’s all of the above—and more. And it’s right here, waiting to be discovered.
I absolutely loved this wine. It had such a rich flavor and a delightful aroma. The silky finish made this a perfect wine with any dinner.
This is one of our favorite wines to bring to BYOB's everyone that we've gone to dinner with seems to love it. And it pairs well with everything from pasta, steak and even seafood.
Up and coming vineyard from Rutherford. I always seem to see the price interesting on this wine year by year so you may want to get some to cellar now. Bold taste right from the start with New World grapes presented in an Old World style. Savory tannins that are still maturing with the slightest hints of cherry and blackberry. Wonderful oak finish and a great balance of acidity. Very dry and a good pair for any meal with a rare piece of beef.