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2004 Cabernet Sauvignon - Beckstoffer Vineyard X


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 (60% new)

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

BOTTLING DATE
July, 2006

PRODUCTION
387 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
2004 was Merryvale’s sixth 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. The wine is opaquely purple, dense and powerful.