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2002 Cabernet Sauvignon - Beckstoffer Vineyard X

BLEND
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

VINEYARDS
Beckstoffer-Vineyard X, Blocks B, C and D

APPELLATION
Oakville, Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

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

BARREL AGING
18 months in French oak Bordeaux chateau ferre barrels (100% new)

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

RELEASE DATE
May, 2005

BOTTLING DATE
July, 2004

PRODUCTION
1,550 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
2002 was Merryvale's fourth harvest from the Beckstoffer family's Vineyard X, just southwest of Brix Restaurant on the Oakville bench. The grapes were harvested September 27th, 28th and 30th. Merryvale has a long-term contract on the entire cabernet vineyard. We are happy to be able to bottle a vineyard-designated wine from these grapes. The wine is opaquely purple, dense and powerful.