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St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Oroppas 2003

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The 2003 growing season consisted of a wet spring which led to smaller crop sizes and small berries on the vines. A relatively cool summer gave the grapes plenty of time to mature and develop. Harvest started in early September,following a heat wave that propelled the grapes into optimal ripeness. The grapes were hand picked and fermented in a combination of open and closed top fermentors for twenty-five days on the skins. The combination of different tanks and time on the skins produces a wine with elegant structure and silky smooth tannins. The 2003 Oroppas is a Cabernet Sauvignon based wine from a combination of three esteemed appellations: Rutherford, Diamond Mountain, and from within the heart of Napa Valley. To add depth and complexity, the Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with twelve percent Merlot from Carneros and four percent Cabernet Franc from Rutherford. The Merlot adds the lush red fruit component whereas the Cabernet Franc rounds out the structure and tannin of the wine. The wine was aged in eighty-four percent New French oak barrels for nineteen months. Beautiful aromas of blackberries, cassis, currant, and dark chocolate smothered in a raspberry reduction sauce abound in this wine. The rich velvety texture and soft luscious tannins are supplemented by ripe red and black fruit flavors of strawberry and blueberry. Caramel, coffee, and vanilla flavors are supplied by the French Oak barrels that we use to age this wine. The wine has great fruit extraction of plums, wild berries, and cherry cola which coats the palate from start to finish. Varietal Content : 84% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc Harvest: Harvest Appellation: Napa Valley Harvest Dates: 09/01/03 - 10/01/03 Release: February 2006 Reviews Wine Advocate Rated 91 ...A big, sweet nose of white flowers, blueberries, espresso roast, white chocolate, and spicy oak. The wine is rich, supple-textured, medium to full-bodied, approachable, and already revealing surprising complexity. (Robert Parker, Jr.) December 26, 2005

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St. Clement Vineyards:
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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External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewRated 91The proprietary Bordeaux blend, the 2003 Oroppas, which is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Petit Verdot, exhibits a dense purple color and a big, sweet nose of white flowers, blueberries, espresso roast, white chocolate, and spicy oak. The wine is rich, supple-textured, medium to full-bodied, approachable, and already revealing surprising complexity. It should drink well for 10-12 years. Drink 2005 - 2017.


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

St. Clement Oroppas Red Meritage 2003 and all other wine from St. Clement are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

The proprietary Bordeaux blend, the 2003 Oroppas, which is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot and Petit Verdot, exhibits a dense purple color and a big, sweet nose of white flowers, blueberries, espresso roast, white chocolate, and spic... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2003 St Clement Oroppas 750ml


External Review
Source: WineGlobe.com
04/24/2009

A proprietary Bordeaux blend, the 2002 Oroppas is composed of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. Its vivid blue/purple color is accompanied by a sweet perfume of incense, Asian spices, black currants, blackberries, and vanilla.



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The 2003 growing season consisted of a wet spring which led to smaller crop sizes and small berries on the vines. A relatively cool summer gave the grapes plenty of time to mature and develop. Harvest started in early September,following a heat wave that propelled the grapes into optimal ripeness. The grapes were hand picked and fermented in a combination of open and closed top fermentors for twenty-five days on the skins. The combination of different tanks and time on the skins produces a wine with elegant structure and silky smooth tannins. The 2003 Oroppas is a Cabernet Sauvignon based wine from a combination of three esteemed appellations: Rutherford, Diamond Mountain, and from within the heart of Napa Valley. To add depth and complexity, the Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with twelve percent Merlot from Carneros and four percent Cabernet Franc from Rutherford. The Merlot adds the lush red fruit component whereas the Cabernet Franc rounds out the structure and tannin of the wine. The wine was aged in eighty-four percent New French oak barrels for nineteen months. Beautiful aromas of blackberries, cassis, currant, and dark chocolate smothered in a raspberry reduction sauce abound in this wine. The rich velvety texture and soft luscious tannins are supplemented by ripe red and black fruit flavors of strawberry and blueberry. Caramel, coffee, and vanilla flavors are supplied by the French Oak barrels that we use to age this wine. The wine has great fruit extraction of plums, wild berries, and cherry cola which coats the palate from start to finish. Varietal Content : 84% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc Harvest: Harvest Appellation: Napa Valley Harvest Dates: 09/01/03 - 10/01/03 Release: February 2006 Reviews Wine Advocate Rated 91 ...A big, sweet nose of white flowers, blueberries, espresso roast, white chocolate, and spicy oak. The wine is rich, supple-textured, medium to full-bodied, approachable, and already revealing surprising complexity. (Robert Parker, Jr.) December 26, 2005

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