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St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 2001

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Cellar Notes : The 2001 vintage will be remembered for its long and ideal growing conditions that ultimately produced wines of great power and big extraction. Starting with a mild winter that led into a cool spring, the summer began with heat spikes in June, but managed to even itself resulting in fast but nearly perfect harvest conditions. A late summer rain came in September, cleaning the grapes in time for a condensed and quick harvest yielding fruit of excellent quality in moderate yields. We source Cabernet Sauvignon and a touch of Cabernet Franc from several appellations within Napa Valley where Bordeaux varieties flourish, including Mount Veeder, Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena. Classic winemaking techniques are employed-each component is aged separately for one year in 100 percent French oak. Once the best lots are selected, the assemblage is made and returned to barrel for an additional eight months of aging. Winemaker's Comments: Enticing aromas of blueberry, black cherry, coffee and toffee are the introduction to this elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. A full-bodied entry of blackberry and wild cherry hit the palate as flavors of cola, chocolate, coffee and leather commingle to create a complex and multifaceted wine.The velvety tannins carry notes of blueberry through to the long, supple finish that lingers with hints of smoke from the 100 percent French oak. Varietal Content: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Cabernet Franc Harvest Appellation: Napa Valley Harvest Dates: September 25-October 15, 2001

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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

Member Reviews for St. Clement Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena

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Snooth User: Rhofer
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4.00 5
04/22/2008

Good wine anytime!


Snooth User: DuaneB
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5.00 5
07/18/2007

Five glasses



Cellar Notes : The 2001 vintage will be remembered for its long and ideal growing conditions that ultimately produced wines of great power and big extraction. Starting with a mild winter that led into a cool spring, the summer began with heat spikes in June, but managed to even itself resulting in fast but nearly perfect harvest conditions. A late summer rain came in September, cleaning the grapes in time for a condensed and quick harvest yielding fruit of excellent quality in moderate yields. We source Cabernet Sauvignon and a touch of Cabernet Franc from several appellations within Napa Valley where Bordeaux varieties flourish, including Mount Veeder, Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena. Classic winemaking techniques are employed-each component is aged separately for one year in 100 percent French oak. Once the best lots are selected, the assemblage is made and returned to barrel for an additional eight months of aging. Winemaker's Comments: Enticing aromas of blueberry, black cherry, coffee and toffee are the introduction to this elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. A full-bodied entry of blackberry and wild cherry hit the palate as flavors of cola, chocolate, coffee and leather commingle to create a complex and multifaceted wine.The velvety tannins carry notes of blueberry through to the long, supple finish that lingers with hints of smoke from the 100 percent French oak. Varietal Content: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Cabernet Franc Harvest Appellation: Napa Valley Harvest Dates: September 25-October 15, 2001

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