Peter Murphy VineyardsThree year Vertical (2003-2005) Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon


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Tasting Notes

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

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

  • Cris: Lots of fruit but not too sweet. Fast finish.
  • RLA: This wine goes great with the food. Seems young and light on the pallate.
  • PS: Lots of black cherry and currants.
  • SP: Seems young but drinking well now. Light for a Cab but has nice fruit flavors.
  • BP: Smoooth! Love this wine. I get a hint of watermellon with cherries.
  • MA: Smooth, from nose to finish. Some earthy mushroom nose but gives way to dark berries and currant flavors. Fast finish leads me to believe there is low tannins and acid. Not a celler wine - drinking well now.

Technical Data

2003 Vintage Production Notes

The 2003 growing season was excellent and harvest conditions were near perfect. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes came from Larry Paraday’s Vineyardn the Aetna Springs area of the Napa Valley. The Merlot grapes came from Thompson vineyard located in the Coombsville area of Napa. The Cabernet franc Grapes came from the Loomis area of Placer County. Each variety was made separately and aged in oak barrels for 18 month and were blended prior to bottling.

2004 Vintage Production Notes

The grapes for this Cabernet Sauvignon are all from the Napa Valley. We combined the grapes of Larry Paraday’s Vineyards in the Aetna Springs area, the Wehr Vineyards and the Cowan Vineyards in St. Helena.

2005 Vintage Production Notes

The grapes for this Cabernet Sauvignon were grown on the Wilms Ranch in the Aetna Springs area of Napa Valley and was combined with Merlot grapes from the Thompson Vineyard in the Coombsville section of Napa and Cabernet Franc grapes that were grown on the Thalia Vineyard in Sonoma.

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon's color is dark burgundy with a rich earthy aroma followed by blackberries and currants. The flavor of blackberry greets your palate in the front end. The tannins and acidity are nicely balanced throughout the mid palate and is followed with a long and warm finish that ends with hints of leather and tobacco.

The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon vintage is filled with aromas of plum, cherry, vanilla and caramel in the nose. The flavor of creamy black cherry and a hint of mint greet you in the front end of the palate. The tannins are finely balanced throughout the mid palate. Hints of anise, sandalwood and smoke linger in the elegant finish of this food friendly wine.

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon grapes have a slightly lighter color and a beautiful aroma of vanillin, black cherry, currants and blackberries. A burst of black cherry and blackberry greets you in the font end of the palate. The tannins and acidity are finely balanced throughout the mid palate and is followed by a pleasant finish that ends with a hint a tobacco and smokiness.

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