2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
Merryale Estate, Beckstoffer-Vineyard Georges III, ToKalon, and Vineyard X; Mast Ranch, Poe and O'Brien Family
- Extended maceration of the skins
- Native yeast and malolactic fermentation
- Quarterly racking during barrel aging
- Bottled unfiltered
18 months in French oak Bordeaux chateau ferre barrels (77% new)
14.5% by volume
This wine should develop complexity with five years in the bottle and hold for at least five years after that.
The 2002 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was blended from a number of vineyards throughout the central and southern Napa Valley. The growing season was relatively normal until the middle of September when torrid heat pushed ripening along rapidly. A few barrels of our best Merlot lots went into the blend to round out the mouthfeel. The wine is very dense and concentrated.