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2005 H.B. Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford Estate

2005 H.B. Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford Estate

Untitled Document Winemaker Notes: Hand-selected from the highest quality Estate fruit from our organically grown H.B. Vineyard in Rutherford. The 2005 Napa Valley harvest finished in ideal fashion. After a cool, pleasant summer with just a few heat spikes, September brought extended warm weather and perfect conditions for the fruit to hang on the vine and develop excellent sugar development and balanced acidity. This H.B. Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon exemplifies the signature 2005 vintage. Its superb structure yields a wine with beautiful complexity and memorable vivacity. The fruit in the H.B. was harvested throughout October, 2005, was hand-sorted, pumped over several times daily and spent extended maceration time on the skins for optimal extraction. The wine was then aged 30 months in 100% small French Oak barrels, 80% new, to achieve graceful complexity and longevity. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc. Beautiful aging potential of 8-15 years from vintage.

Sensory Description: Rich, garnet hues with deep layers of magenta, crimson and ruby. Aromas of opulent black fruit, tobacco, coffee and toasted notes with a hint of leather and cedar on the nose. Beautifully focused flavors of plum and cocoa. The well-structured mid-palate whispers of dark berries and espresso while the endless tiers of flavor give way to a finish that lingers long after the glass is empty. This wine showcases what Rutherford wines can offer: pure fruit expression with concentrated, complex character.

Barrel Aging:30 months
Barrel Type:100% French Oak, 80% New
# of Cases:358
Date Bottled:04/08
Date Released:02/09

Price: $225.00

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