Lamborn Family Vineyards 2004 Napa Valley Estate 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.

Tasting Notes

  • FF: Nice nose with hints of floral and caramel. First impression is the wine is young but has a smooth chocolate finish. Great with Buffalo, brought out the fruit in the wine.
  • BH: Not oaked. Good caramel nose. Classic young Cab.
  • DJO: Berry and vegetative flavors, a little asparagus.
  • SDL: Caramel nose went great with the buffalo.
  • RA: Complex and decadent flavors, a little young but should age well.
  • JO: Nice tannins. Tight but very well balanced.

Technical Data

Wine Technical Data
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


Heidi Barrett's Tasting Notes

(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.

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