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Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District

Wine Description

(2003 Vintage) Located near Cain 5, Barnett Vineyards is one of Spring Mountains finest small producers and their Cabernet is one of the boldest and most profound we've tasted anywhere! It's a massive Cabernet that's built to last with strong & plush tannins, ripe blackberry, and hint of white pepper + smoky oak on long finish. Will age well for 7 - 10 years.The vineyards at Barnett are planted on steep terraces that follow the contour of the land and serve as a great example of the quality level that mountainside grapes can achieve opposed to those grown on valley floors. In some places, the read more...grade averages in excess of 35%. Mountainside farming is very challenging: the vines must struggle to reach nutrients and water in the soil and, as a result, yield only one to two tons of grapes per acre. The elements of sun, temperature, and well-drained porous soils give an advantageous water stress to the vines and contribute to the depth, richness and character of the wines. The proof is in the glass! (hide)

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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2007 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Apr-06.
  • Wine Spectator
    (2007 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/05.
  • Wine Advocate
    (2002 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 157 on Feb-05
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2000 Vintage) Barnett's Spring Mountain winery, also home to the much esteemed Pride and Paloma wineries, produces limited quantities of Cabernet made from the cool recesses of mountain vineyards. Aged for 18 months, with a touch of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this California red leans towards Bordeaux in its complexity and elegance. Only after several hours of decanting did the deeper, rich fruits begin to express themselves. Dense, chewy and long on the complex finish, this Cabernet has great concentration and a briary, fresh taste to the fruit. A perfume of red raspberries on the nose and fine tannins on the finish attractively wrap this solid effort.
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2003 Vintage) Barnettrsquo;s Spring Mountain winery, also home to the much esteemed Pride and Paloma wineries, produces limited quantities of Cabernet made from the cool recesses of mountain vineyards. Aged for 18 months, with a touch of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this California red leans towards Bordeaux in its complexity and elegance. Only after several hours of decanting did the deeper, rich fruits begin to express themselves. Dense, chewy and long on the complex finish, this Cabernet has great concentration and a briary, fresh taste to the fruit. A perfume of red raspberries on the nose and fine tannins on the finish attractively wrap this solid effort.