The 2003 vintage was relatively cool and spring was rainy. Two short but strong heat waves in September were followed by a gentle Indian summer that allowed the grapes to finish their maturation. This resulted in fresh and tannic wines that are close in style to classical Bordeaux wines.
The Cabernet Reserve comes from a gravel fan in one of our blocks. The fruit is harvested and fermented separately. The vines are much more stressed in this area resulting in very small berries with very concentrated flavors and great tannic intensity.
The lees coat the grape and oak tannins making the wine appear softer in its youth. It had such a distinctive character due to this extra attention. It is an age worthy wine. With time it will show great purity, definition, complexity and finesse.
89 Points, Wine Enthusiast:
"Seems like it was picked earlier than most ’03s, given the dry tannins and peppery, minty flavors. Still, it has a beautiful structure, classic and refined, with cherry and cocoa flavors and upscale oak. Drink now through 2010. S.H." (12/15/2006)