Calcareous Vineyards 2004 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - York Mountain
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The 2004 Cabernet comes from the Acclaimed Carver Vineyard in York Mountain. This vineyard has been voted best cab in California at the 2005 state fair. With such a small production, this wine was not submitted for review. Only 100 Cases Produced.
York Mountain AVA (American Viticultural Area) vineyards are situated at an average of 1,500 feet and benefit from low-vigor soil, steep slopes, long sunshine hours and cool coastal breezes. A perfect growing climate for Cabernet Sauvignon.
This 2004 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was tasted on Oct 10, 2008 by a panel of 7 tasters in a blind tasting format. The winery suggests it be paired with Beef. Blue Cheese Crusted Beef Tenderloin is our suggested pairing for this wine.
The tasting group's most consistent remark was how this wine smoothed out with air time. We recommend opening this wine 1 hour before tasting. This full-bodied bottling has a beautiful, aromatic nose, an acid backbone, and a lush, velvety mouth-feel.
We noted classic Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics with concentrated flavors of black fruits and black pepper. There are subtle oak influences on this wine.
Our mission is to provide unbiased opinions of the wine being offered. These notes come from up to 10 guests who tasted this wine in a blind tasting format (wine is concealed so their identity is unknown). Why this format? Tasting blind completely throws out any hype associated with a certain winery, style, price point, etc; it forces the taster to accept what is in the glass without any predetermined notions. Our guests utilize Robert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms for their comments for consistency purposes. In addition, we utilize the wine aroma wheel to enhance one’s ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor. Notes are posted on this wine during the tasting to ensure they accurately reflect the impressions.
|Blend||95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot|
|Appelation||Carver Vineyard in York Mountain AVA|
|Type of soil||sandy-clay soil|
|Harvesting||handpicked and hand sorted on ground sheets, prior to destemming and crushing.|
|Fermentation||About 7 days with 4 punchdowns/day|
|Aging / Cooperage||15 months in new French oak barrels.|
|Alcohol||14.8% by volume|
|Other||26.4 Brix, 3.84 PH, and 5.7 TA.|
2004 was a unique season in many ways. Most of the vineyards had a pretty tough time of it with very little annual rainfall. Fortunately York Mountain is blessed by cooling fogs which revitalize the vines. It was a year for careful vineyard manipulation and irrigation timing. The major issue was crop management. With this in check, we were able to produce wines with wonderful varietal fruitiness.
The 2004 Cabernet comes from the Acclaimed Carver Vineyard in York Mountain. We have had a long term association with this old vine vineyard, farming and managing it ourselves. It is truly one of the jewels in the San Luis Obispo County area. The Reserve 2004 York Mountain is really a barrel selection of the finest new French barrels from this vintage.
The 2004 York Mountain Reserve Cabernet has excellent density to go along with its dark red, purple hues. The strong varietal definition this wine possesses leads to aromas of black currant, cherry, and cracked green pepper. The abundance of such forest fruits framed by attractive French oak and a soft texture that result in a full lingering finish. Enjoy now or cellar 3-15 years.