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2003 Cabernet Sauvignon - Beckstoffer Vineyard X


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

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

APPELLATION
Oakville, Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

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

BARREL AGING
18 months in French oak Bordeaux chateau ferre barrels (66% new)

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

RELEASE DATE
August, 2006

BOTTLING DATE
July, 2005

PRODUCTION
1,500 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
2003 was Merryvale's fifth harvest from the Beckstoffer family's Vineyard X, just southwest of Brix Restaurant on the Oakville bench. Blocks B and D were replanted to clones 4 and 337 in the late 90s. Block C is a ten acre block of thirty year-old vines. We are happy to be able to bottle a vineyard-designated wine from these grapes, and they are also an important component of Profile. The wine is opaquely purple, dense and powerful.