Adams Ridge Winery
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Napa Valley
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Mission Codename: To the Winecave!
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Investigate rumors of another incredible 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. If the wine is excellent, procure as much as possible for our Operatives
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Adams Ridge Winery
Wine Subject: 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Ronald Adams
Backgrounder: 2004 was an incredible year for Cabernet Sauvignon, especially those from the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. Today we send Agent Red to investigate Adams Ridge Winery, a small boutique winery that produces less than 300 cases of Cab each year. Read agent Reds tasting notes and mission report below.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Shiny garnet with concentrated color right out to the glittering edges of the wine, plus a bouncy surface and ultra-fast, ultra-skinny legs that streak down the glass
Smell – High and very bright with deeply perfumed floral cherry, white plum, black currant and creamy milk chocolate-covered cherries
Feel – Round up front, with silky medium tannins that grip the back of the mouth
Taste – Richly layered fruit with concentrated flavors of cherry, dark berry and currant with hints of vanillan and subtle oaky cocoa
Finish – Sweet and bright and lively with silky tannins and long, lingering flavors
Conclusion – This wine really impressed all who tried it during a recent tasting. While the aromatics are very powerful, this wine is a refined and balanced balanced drinker. Coming from a winery with such a deep history in Napa and made from fruit of two of Napa’s most prestigious regions, it is no surprise that this wine is so good. In researching past vintages of this wine and in looking at reviews (past and present), we find that this vintage has been declared the best yet for this wine. I can’t stop raving about this wine and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!
Today’s wine is another great find from Wine Spies informant, Mister Brix.
Brix brought me this wine recently and after a quick analysis and detailed tasting, it was clear that I should procure some for our Operatives. I am proud to tell you that I was able to secure a dozen cases of this fantastic wine, so be sure to grab some up before we run out.
Winery owner, Ronald Adams, has worked in the wine industry for the last 27 years. He began in wine cave construction and ended up making incredible wine. Having spent so many years in and around the business, Mr. Adams was able to build a formidable network of his own assets.
When it came time for him to ‘build’ his own wine, all of the magic ingredients where right there at his fingertips; Once his wine cave was ready, he was able to get the finest fruit from the best growers in the finest regions. The rest is recent-history. Today, Adams Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon is in its 3rd vintage – and critics universally agree that this vintage is the best ever for this winery.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The vineyards where this wine comes from is so Top Secret that we can’t show it to you or tell you exactly where it is. We can only tell you that the majority of the juice for this wine comes from the Stag’s Leap District and Rutherford Bench, the former being home to some of the finest Cabs in the world.
What the Winery Says
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About This Wine:
We are proud to announce the release of our 2004 Adams Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
Hand crafted from grapes in two of Napa Valley’s most noteworthy Regions, RUTHERFORD BENCH and STAGS LEAP DISTRICT, the 2004 Vintage was marked by a growing season with a normal harvest. The normal season provided the combination of warm days and cool evening. This allowed for the grapes to ripen and develop with great flavors. This harvest is marked by a rich and vibrant black fruit that has a result of great overall balance and complexity.
Wine Makers Notes:
This vintage has the hallmarks of rich and vibrant wine and hints of oak. This wine, we believe to be one Adams Ridge Winery outstanding vintages. We aged the wine for 20 months in French Oak barrels, followed by bottle aging for 1 year prior to release.
Retail price $54.00 per bottle
95% Cabernet Sauvignon & 5% merlot
Morisoli Vineyards (Rutherford Bench )
Steltzner Vineyards (Stag’s Leap )
Aging: 20 months in 100% French Oak
September 25, thru October 11, 2004
Aged in Bottle:
Adams Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon was created using grapes from two of the Napa’s most noteworthy regions, The Stag’s Leap District and Rutherford Bench.
The wine has been aged in 100% French Oak from the Center of France, with a medium toast. We have always appreciated the subtle hints of vanilla picked up in French oak aging. We believe that a Cabernet should not be “over-oaked” but should have a good balance of fruit and oak, bringing out more characteristics of the wine. The wine is also aged in a cave for optimal climate control and barrel aging conditions.
About The Winery and Winemaker:
Adam’s Ridge Winery is family owned and run with an exceptional love and passion for fine winemaking.
*Owner | Winemaker *
Ronald Adams created Adams Ridge Winery after working in the wine industry for 27 years. As an independent contractor, he was an important asset in creating and developing over 30 Wine Caves in the Napa and surrounding valleys. Along with his extensive knowledge and experience in the wine industry, Ronald’s love for fine wine lent him creative vision for his own hand crafted wine, emphasizing the use of caves for optimal climate control, as well as optimal barrel aging conditions to create a premium handcrafted product.
Susan Adams works alongside her husband Ron and daughter Jill to create Adams Ridge Winery.
Adams Ridge is truly a family owned and operated boutique winery