2004 Portfolio, Limited Edition
A moderately rainy winter and unseasonably warm temperatures in March initiated an early bud break and bloom. A cool weather during the berry set resulted in fewer clusters and a low crop. Summer was relatively mild with fog during the night and late morning. A hot spell beginning of September precipitated harvest.
2004 Portfolio Limited Edition shows deep color with engaging fragrant ripe dark berry and a fresh summer floral bouquet. Opulent and generous mouthfeel, the wine possesses a well-built structure with supple and silky tannins. The concentrated mid-palate of cassis, cedar and spicy sweet oak expands in the mouth and lingers on the finish. Elegance, harmony and complexity, the wine promises resilience and longevity. It will cellar well for many decades.
Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Cabernet Franc 20%
Fruit Sources: Hendry Ranch Block 8 and Weitz Vineyard
Age of Vines: CS 30 years and CF 11 years
Date of Harvest: September 25th and October 2nd
Fermentation: Fermented in 1-ton bin
Winemaking: Natural gravity flow, no fining, no filtration
Skin Contact: 30 days
Malolactic Fermentation: In barrel
Barrel Aging: 21.5 months in 100% New French Oak
Production: 200 cases
“Smooth texture, with ripe spicy plum and clack cherry fruit that’s well-proportioned, elegant and balanced. Gains depth and richness on the finish, where the flavors are denser and more complex. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2008 through 2014.”- Jim Laube