2002 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawley Vineyard
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Our estate vineyard, overlooking Dry Creek Valley, always produces intense, darkly colored wines. The six-foot terraces are east facing, and the vineyard does not receive much late afternoon sun. Our vineyards always have high natural acidity, concentrated flavor and color, and structured tannin. However, the 2002 vintage was one of the most intense wines to come off of our estate. I personally hid away just enough of this wine to release exclusively to our wine club. Even after eight years of aging, this wine is still a monster. The tannin has begun to soften, the acidity has mellowed, and the earthiness has given way to fruit and floral notes.
The grapes were crushed and cold soaked for seven days to maximize color extraction. Six-percent Merlot was blended prior to bottling. Twenty months of aging in French oak barrels has added vanilla, spice and smoky flavors. Barrel to barrel racking every three months has clarified the wine and eliminated the need for filtration. Do not be alarmed if there is a layer of sediment on the cork or bottle. This exceptional wine is finally opening up and announcing incredible fruit along with other complexities that seem to evolve with every sip. Our mountain-grown Cabernet is deep in color with intense fruit flavors reminiscent of black cherries, currants and blackberries, which are backed by toasty vanillin oak notes and round, chewy tannins. Though enjoyable at present, this classic wine has the structure and intensity to improve with aging over the next five to eight years.