Noble Vines

2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

California: Napa Valley

Offer Expired:Dec 08, 2012 at 11:59 pm
$80.00
Avg. Price

Mission Briefing

Codename:

The King's Ransom

Welcome to another Elite Operative Saturday. Each Saturday, we showcase an ultra-premium wine - at an exclusive discount.

Today, we are very proud to be featuring a delectable, classic Napa Valley Cabernet from Noble Wines. Their perfectly-aged 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon took our entire tasting panel by storm. Bold and rich, without being overpowering, this wine shows perfect balance. Impeccably aged, this delicious Cabernet is ready to drink, now, but it also shows additional aging potential. We’d recommend laying a few bottles down for the next few years.

The 2004 vintage was a stunner for Napa Cabernet, having earned a giant 94 Points - and we give this wine our heartiest recommendation.

Pair with a ribeye steak with melted bleu cheese or a spelt souffle with asparagus and wild mushrooms.

Tasting Profile

Look:

Dark ruby red, deep, and opaque at the core of the wine. At the very edge of the glass, a soft hue of brick red glistens.

Smell:

Intense aromas including dried dark cherry, dark chocolate, blueberry, vanilla and dark toffee, layered over black licorice, cigar box, and a soft hint of caramel.

Taste:

Silky and rich with prominent flavors of caramel and blueberry. As the wine opens up it reveals deeper aromas of cinnamon, mixed spice, dark cocoa dust and a hint of earthy minerals.

Finish:

Long, dark, and elegant with a gradually drying and slightly sweet ending.

Pairing:

What the Winery Says

Wine Specs

Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon (95%), Petite Sirah (5%)

Aging: 30 Months in 80% French Oak Barrels (50% new)

Cases Produced: 212

Alcohol: 14.8%

Tasting Notes

The color is opaque brick red and the wine oers copious amounts of cedar, spice and black currants nicely buttressed by toasty oak. After some time in the glass, other avors will develop such as leather, wet leaves and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, the tannins are present without being astringent. Well-balanced with an aged “Bordeaux-like” character, this wine is showing remarkably well now and yet will age 10-15 years.

Vineyards

The fruit from Rutherford (60%) is chosen in vintages that appear to be earlier than normal and helps to mitigate the monstrous tannins from mountain fruit in warm years. Pritchard Hill fruit (35%) contributes a prominent and consistent character to Noble Wines Cabernet Sauvignon. Clone 337 provides the intensity and backbone of this vintage, while Clone 7 brings the flesh and fruitiness to the wine. The remaining 5% is Petite Sirah which helps round out the blend’s structure.

Vintage Notes

Bud break occurred earlier than many vintners could remember and the trend carried forward throughout the growing season. Heat spikes occurred in June and at scattered intervals throughout the summer season. Growers held on as acid balance eventually caught up. Temperatures were steady into one of the earliest harvests in Napa Valley. Grape quality was very good with a crop that was smaller than average.

About the Winery

For centuries, vintners have cultivated cuttings from individual vines that produce exceptional grapes. A select few have stood the test of time, and have been granted numbers to distinguish them. Noble Vines.

We cultivate Noble Vines in the red, cobblestone soils of our family-owned vineyards in Lodi and on the gentle slopes of our cool-climate San Bernabe vineyard in Monterey. We pay strict attention to sustainable farming to ensure this land endures for the next century and beyond.

Winemaker David Lattin

With more than twenty years of experience in the wine industry, Dave Lattin’s credentials are impressive. Dave was chosen for our winemaker as much for his philosophical approach to the art of winemaking as for his technical mastery of it. For Dave, making wine is about quality of life and a deep relationship with a remarkable piece of land.

From his first memorable sip of Mosel at the age of six, Dave has been cultivating a keen palate and a passion for wine. Originally from Corvallis, Oregon, Dave received his bachelor degree in microbiology from Oregon State University in 1981. Soon after, he took his first position in the industry working for Acacia Winery. The environment and work inspired him beyond his expectations and he quickly fell in love with the business.

Determined to gain experience, Dave traveled to Europe where he developed a profound appreciation for German and French wines. From the vineyards of St. Emilion to the cellar at Troplong-Mondot, Dave worked and studied the art and craft of winemaking before returning to the United States.

In 1986 Dave received his master’s degree in enology from the University of California, Davis. After university he was hired as enologist at Robert Pecota, where he further refined his technical and artistic capabilities before taking a hands-on position as cellar master at Storybook Mountain. In late 1987, Dave rejoined Acacia as enologist where he quickly made himself indispensable. Passionate and committed, Dave was promoted to winemaker in 1992, then to general manager/winemaker in 1997.

Resolved to maintain his relationship with both the wine and the vine, Dave left Acacia in 1998 after eleven years of dedicated service. Together with his wife Kendra, a trained enologist and landscape architect who has worked for several top California wineries, Dave founded CL Wines, a consulting and winemaking business.

Offer Expired:Dec 08, 2012 at 11:59 pm
$80.00
Avg. Price
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