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2001 Cabernet Sauvignon - Beckstoffer Clone Six

BLEND
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

VINEYARDS
Beckstoffer-Vineyard Georges III, Blocks B2b and B3c

APPELLATION
Rutherford, Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

  • 39 days on the skins
  • Native yeast fermentation with gentle pump-overs
  • Bottled unfiltered

BARREL AGING
18 months in 100% new Demptos French oak Bordeaux chateau ferre barrels (30% medium toast, 70% medium-plus toast)

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

RELEASE DATE
May, 2004

BOTTLING DATE
July, 2003

PRODUCTION
900 cases

CELLARING
This wine should develop complexity with up to ten years in the bottle and hold for many years after that.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
This is the third Merryvale vineyard-designated bottling from low-yielding Clone Six vines in the Beckstoffer familys Vineyard Georges III in Rutherford. The fruit was harvested about a week earlier than in previous years. The wine is very dark purple, rich and round with good density. This vineyard consistently shows fine texture and supple, balanced tannins.