2002 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Blend and Grape Sources
83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 3% Cabernet Franc from estate-owned vineyards and independent growers.
Harvest Dates
Sept. 17 - Oct. 22, 2002
Winemaking Data
Grapes were harvested at an average 25.4° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 20 months in a combination of new French and American oak barrels (40%) and two- to four-year-old French and American oak (60%), before being blended and bottled in August 2004.

The 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is full of ripe fruit notes of blackberry and Bing cherry with a dash of curry and allspice. The oak is well integrated and helps mold the smooth, silky finish and sweet tannins, which linger on the palate.
Winemaker Notes
The 2002 vintage began much drier and cooler than 2001 and by the end of April we measured an average of 6 inches less rain than during the first quarter of the previous year. Consistent warmth throughout the summer, along with 20 days of morning fog for both July and August, resulted in vine development running at full efficiency