Full bodied and richly textured, this Cabernet displays aromas and flavors of blackberry, cassis and black olive, with a smooth, lingering finish. Structured to be age-worthy, it is layered with the addition of petit verdot, which not only adds complexity, it also serves to round out the mid-palate and soften the abundant ripe tannins just enough to make this a big wine that you can enjoy now.
Visitors to the winery often ask what "Reserve" means to us. It's simple. Reserve means the winemaker's careful blend of individual wines made from time tested, meticulously farmed sections of some of the very best vineyards in Sonoma County. Each lot is vinified separately, aged in our finest barrels, and then selected by the winemaker, barrel by barrel, for the final assembly. It literally is a matter of taste.
The 2004 vintage began with an early bud break during an unseasonably warm March, followed by a contrastingly cool April. After a normal May and June, July and the first part of August were on the cool side, but by the end of August, harvest was well underway as a heat spell got ripening going strong an dearly for most varietals, with all of our Cabernet in by the 21st of October.