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St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010

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Vineyard Notes The 2004 vintage offered near-perfect weather conditions. With the exception of a very warm March that contributed to an early bloom and a few hot days in June, the growing season was sunny, long and mild. This combination helped the grapes to develop vibrant acidity, together with beautifully mature tannins and fully ripe flavors at harvest, which arrived four weeks earlier than the year before. The fruit for this elegant Cabernet Sauvignon came from vineyards on the valley floor throughout southern Napa and Rutherford. The addition of Merlot and Cabernet Franc creates read more... structure and a lengthy mid-palate along with the ripe fruit notes on the nose. Winemaker Danielle Cyrot kept the lots separate through harvest and fermentation. After eighteen months in French oak, she made the final blend before bottling. Winemaker's Comments Rich, ruby red in color, this luscious Cabernet Sauvignon features aromatics of red cherry, boysenberry, cassis and vanilla spice on the nose, as flavors of strawberry jam, cherry cola and black licorice intertwine with clove and hints of cocoa powder on the palate. Integrated, supple tannins create the refined structure that carries this well-balanced Cabernet to a lengthy and flavorful finish. Varital Content 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc Harvest Appellation: Napa Valley Harvest Dates: September 15 to October 15, 2004 Release Bottling Completed: September 2006 Release Date: April 2007 Case Production: 580

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As the third decade of her life begins, Danielle Cyrot brings a broad scope of international winemaking expertise that extends well beyond her age. And as the descendant of French vignerons whose history goes back for centuries, she is also renewing an enological tradition that had been dormant for three generations. Danielle’s great-, great-grandfather was the last in a long line of ancestors... Read more
As the third decade of her life begins, Danielle Cyrot brings a broad scope of international winemaking expertise that extends well beyond her age. And as the descendant of French vignerons whose history goes back for centuries, she is also renewing an enological tradition that had been dormant for three generations. Danielle’s great-, great-grandfather was the last in a long line of ancestors who owned the Cyrot vineyard in Burgundy’s famous Côte de Beaune. He donated the land to the Hospice du Beaune after losing his son (Danielle’s great-grandfather) in World War I (fittingly, there is still a Pommard Cyrot cuvée from this property sold in the Hospice du Beaune auction every year.) Danielle’s grandfather moved to Paris, where her father was later born. They soon moved to St. Etienne where they stayed until her father was 16, after which they returned to Paris. Her father eventually moved to the U.S., and during studies at California Institute of Technology, Danielle’s parents met and settled in California. Though aware of her family’s vinous background, it didn’t occur to Danielle that she could revive that winemaking tradition until she reached college. She enrolled at the University of California, Davis, but had not decided on a major until she took an introductory winemaking class taught by popular professor Carole Meredith. Danielle was hooked almost immediately, and turned her full attention to the study of winemaking. She graduated in 1998 with a degree in Enology and Viticulture. While at Davis, Danielle worked the harvest at several wineries in Napa Valley. After graduation, she was determined to experience winemaking in other wine regions, and traveled to Alsace and South Australia to hone her skills. Danielle returned to Napa from her travels abroad in 1999 and joined the team at Stags’ Leap Winery as an enologist. In 2003, Danielle was promoted to assistant winemaker at Stags’ Leap. Danielle is not one to mark time idly. While at Stags’ Leap, she also began collaborating with another winemaker on a sideline project, TwoTone Farm. She was eager to appeal to younger wine drinkers like her, so the brand was a cutting-edge creation: screw-caps, trendy fonts and reasonable pricing. It was an immediate hit. Danielle now turns her full attention to St. Clement. With a range of vineyards to work with, she can utilize her creativity to its fullest in crafting rich, unique wines. For Danielle, it’s a family tradition. Read less

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11/29/2013

A very solid Cabernet from our friends at St Clement. They make some great wines! This opens with a pretty nose of cherry and blackberry! The palate is medium, with soft tannins and decent structure. The flavors are bright yet balanced. Try their Oroppas Cabernet Blend, and their Single Vineyard Cabernets


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Source: NapaCabs.com
02/26/2013

The St. Clement House has been in existence since 1878 and was so named in 1976 by William Casey when he bought it. Mr. Casey the proceeded to build the winery. Mr Casey's ancestors helped found the state of Maryland.



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Vineyard Notes The 2004 vintage offered near-perfect weather conditions. With the exception of a very warm March that contributed to an early bloom and a few hot days in June, the growing season was sunny, long and mild. This combination helped the grapes to develop vibrant acidity, together with beautifully mature tannins and fully ripe flavors at harvest, which arrived four weeks earlier than the year before. The fruit for this elegant Cabernet Sauvignon came from vineyards on the valley floor throughout southern Napa and Rutherford. The addition of Merlot and Cabernet Franc creates read more... structure and a lengthy mid-palate along with the ripe fruit notes on the nose. Winemaker Danielle Cyrot kept the lots separate through harvest and fermentation. After eighteen months in French oak, she made the final blend before bottling. Winemaker's Comments Rich, ruby red in color, this luscious Cabernet Sauvignon features aromatics of red cherry, boysenberry, cassis and vanilla spice on the nose, as flavors of strawberry jam, cherry cola and black licorice intertwine with clove and hints of cocoa powder on the palate. Integrated, supple tannins create the refined structure that carries this well-balanced Cabernet to a lengthy and flavorful finish. Varital Content 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc Harvest Appellation: Napa Valley Harvest Dates: September 15 to October 15, 2004 Release Bottling Completed: September 2006 Release Date: April 2007 Case Production: 580

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