Volker Eisele Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2004
Tasting Notes:The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon has 14% Merlot blended in for palate softness and complexity of aromas. The wine is rich in color, varietally pure in flavor, and well balanced on the palate. The wine has a long future, but can be enjoyed today. Vintage Notes:*Composition: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc *Oak Aging: 22 months in 50% new French Oak from Treuil cooperage i.e. Aillier and Troncais. The wine is unfined and lightly filtered. *Organic: All fruit is organically grown in our estate vineyardTechnical Notes: Appellation:Chiles ValleyVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon 84%, Merlot 16%Harvest:Early OctoberAlcohol:14.8Brix:25.5pH:3.70TA:0.69Production:1942 (cases) Return to Volker Eisele Family Estate wine list
External Reviews for Volker Eisele Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
This entry, from one of the unheralded properties in an underappreciated region, is a fine example of what the Napa Valley can do with wines of restraint. I was astonished, after sampling the wine, that this 2004 Cabernet from the little Volker Eisele Family Estate listed alcohol at 14.8 percent. Because nowhere in the aromas or on the palate did I detect the higher levels of alcohol that has become the average in the Valley. The organic Chiles Valley vineyard (not to be confused with the Eisele Vineyard near Calistoga that Araujo Estate made famous), has produced a dark-red wine that reveals red fruit and herbal and mineral notes. In the mouth, it’s wonderfully balanced, obviously hiding the alcohol quite masterfully. All the right notes are here – the fruit, the oak, and the acidity are in concert. It was aged for 22 months in 50 percent new French wood and less than 2,000 cases were produced. I like the price, too. In the end, this ’04 from the eastern hills above St. Helena is stylish without being showy. It’ll benefit with another year of age and then reward those with patience for another dozen.