Bourassa Vineyards 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Bourassa Vineyards is a distinguished Napa Valley winery. Born from a family tradition of winemaking with a passion for quality, wines are hand-crafted in small lots to ensure unsurpassed excellence in every bottle. This week, HotCosts is offering their inaugural 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon titled Symphony (3).
Bourassa Vineyards was founded in 2001 by Vic Bourassa. His business model was to focus on sourcing prime fruit from Napa Valley and to join forces with Gary Galleron, one of the finest winemaking consultants in the valley. Born and raised in Napa Valley, Gary's winemaking pedigree includes working with Mike Grgich at Chateau Montelena and producing his own wines for Whitehall Lane, Grace Family, Hartwell, Vineyard 29 and Seavey.
Symphony is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from three distinct growing regions, Tulocay, Oak Knoll and Yountville.
This wine was built for the cellar but can be enjoyed now. We noticed a bit of alcohol on the initial sniff out of the bottle. But, that rounded out to aromas of dark berries after a few minutes in the glass. There was a lot of sweet fruit in the mouth. Strawberry, raspberry and cherry jam was noted. On the mid-pallet, the wine felt rich, lush and smooth. We were all amazed at the amount of fresh fruit flavor that came from this wine. This wine spent almost 3 years in the barrels giving the fruit lots of time to blend and mellow.
The winery sent us their braised short-ribs recipe to pair with this Cab and their Harmony Bordeaux blend. This Cabernet Sauvignon was built for food. It's a well-balanced wine with smooth tannins and enough acid to really enhance the short-ribs. You can't go wrong with this pairing for a dinner party.
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||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Appelation||Tulocay, Oak Knoll and Yountville, Napa Valley|
|Harvest Dates||September 10 to September 25, 2004|
|Sugar at Harvest||24.7 degrees Brix|
|Fermentation||3 days with 2 punchdowns/day|
|Aging / Cooperage||30 Months in French Oak, 30% new from Seguin Moreau.|
|Alcohol||14% by volume|
|Acidity||PH = 3.TBD, TA = 0.TBD|
The 2004 harvest was one of the earliest on record for the last 10 years. A heat wave in early March forced early bud break and high temperatures continued throughout the summer. A hot spell in late August gave sugar levels a boost and ripened the grapes in early September. We harvested the Cabernet Sauvignon at 24 to 26 brix, leaving the grapes on the vine until the seeds were dark brown and the grape was ph balanced and mature. We confirm our visual and taste inspections with lab tests for biological ripeness before harvest. Fruit quality was exceptional and produced plump berries with ripe flavors that resulted in a very lush Cabernet. Deep layers of flavor, full body and robust color add to the complexity of this 2004 wine.
The grapes were cold soaked for three days to sufficiently cool the must to 55 degrees Fahrenheit to insure clean fermentation. Yeast is inoculated with D254 strain and fermented at 86% degrees Fahrenheit; this insures a good color for the wine. Pump overs are performed twice per day. Once the juice is fermented dry we press the pumice at 24lbs. or 2 bars on the press.
This Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Symphony is a blend of our most prized vineyards from three distinct growing regions, Tulocay, Oak Knoll and Yountville. Dense ruby in color, the black fruit aromas lead the palate to a sweet ripe blackberry, cherry flavor profile with hints of chocolate, toasted oak and smooth vanilla to round out the finish