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2002 Cabernet Sauvignon - Beckstoffer Clone Six


Vintages
 -2005  -2004  -2003
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BLEND
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

VINEYARDS
Beckstoffer-Vineyard Georges III, Blocks B2b and B3c

APPELLATION
Rutherford, Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

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

BARREL AGING
18 months in Demptos French oak Bordeaux chateau ferre barrels (78% new) 30% medium toast, 70% medium-plus toast

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

RELEASE DATE
May, 2005

BOTTLING DATE
July, 2004

PRODUCTION
350 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 fourth Merryvale vineyard-designated bottling from low-yielding Clone Six vines in the Beckstoffer familys Vineyard Georges III in Rutherford. The grapes were harvested on September 18th. The wine is very dark purple, rich and round with good density. This vineyard consistently shows fine texture and supple, balanced tannins.