Lamborn Family Vineyards 2004 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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Lamborn Family Vineyards is located at 2,200 feet above sea level, high atop Howell Mountain, Napa Valley. The mountain's volcanic soil combined with its split canopy trellising (more sunlight) provides the small-lot 4 acre Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard with ideal growing conditions. This environment produces Cabernets of the highest quality and intensity; all handcrafted by Heidi Barrett (dubbed “the first lady of wine” by Robert Parker).
The nose is initially a bit closed but opens to reveal a very pure caramel in the background. In the mouth it is quite rich with medium, supple tannins, good balancing acidity and a very long finish.
In general, we found the 2004 to be a tightly knit wine (young wines that have good acidity levels, good tannin levels, and are well made) that will age extremely well. It will drink well over the next few years and should also show well 10 to 15 years from now. It was the perfect accompaniment to grilled buffalo steak.
|Wine Profile Style|
|Light Bodied||Medium Bodied||Full Bodied|
|Drink Now (0-3 yrs)||Will Age (3-5 yrs)||Will Age (8-10 yrs)|
|Slightly Fruity||Fruity||Very Fruity|
|No Tannins||Softer Tannins||Heavier Tannins|
|Low Acidity||Medium Acidity||High Acidity|
|No Residual Sugar Dry||Off Dry||Sweet|
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% Lamborn Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Appelation||100% Napa Valley, Howell Mountain|
|Harvest Dates||September 17 & 20th, 2004|
|Sugar at Harvest||24.5 degrees Brix average|
|Fermentation||8 days in stainless steel bins punched down 2 times daily|
|Aging / Cooperage||100% aged 22 months in new (33%) and 2nd fill French oak barrels|
|Alcohol||14.8% by volume|
|Acidity||TA = 0.55 g/100ml; pH = 3.74|
(Tasted July 14, 2007) This mountainside estate cabernet is very dark ruby in color with lovely aromas of blackberry, currants, black cherry, and sweet toasty caramel & cocoa. It has wonderful purity of flavor and a remarkable "chewy" texture that is very enticing. This is a big, elegant mouthful of cabernet with a lot of finesse and personality. Flavors last for several minutes. This is a unique wine from the top of Howell Mountain that definitely shows off the special flavor profile of the estate vineyard. Very well balanced.