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2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

$130.00

2004 was the first year Andy began experimenting with blending small amounts of our classic Merlot into our Cabernet Sauvignon to further express the beautiful fruit of our Spring Mountain Estate. The nose of the wine is lively with essences of berries, plum, and toasty oak.  The sweet, supple entry crescendos into a deeply intense middle; followed by a pleasant, velvety, lingering finish.

NOTE: As a library tasting, we recommend tasting this 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon in a compare and contrast with the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Description

Description

Vintage and Winemaker’s notes: The 2004 vintage of Schweiger Cabernet Sauvignon marks a new progression in our Cabernet program.  With Fred’s blessing, Andy has begun carefully experimenting with blending small amounts of our classic Merlot into our Cabernet Sauvignon to further express the beautiful fruit of our Spring Mountain Estate.  Those familiar with our wines know our prior 2001 Cabernet release began a brave new world for us, as we extended our barrel aging program to further soften and round out our full mountain fruit.  We continued that tradition with our 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon.  The 2004 vintage came in hot, hard, and fast with beautifully intense fruit flavors.  For our efforts, we have been rewarded with a rich, full-bodied Cabernet, deep in color.  The nose of the wine is lively with essences of berries, plum, and toasty oak.  The sweet, supple entry crescendos into a deeply intense middle; followed by a pleasant, velvety, lingering finish.

Varietal Percentage: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot

Age of vines and soil type: :14-22 year old vines planted in deep volcanic soils at a 2000′ elevation

Date picked: 9/3/04 — 10/4/03

Average harvest sugar: 25.8 degrees Brix

Average fermentation time/Temperature Range:  10 days, 64 -96 F

Fermentation container/maceration: Open fermentation in small containers, punched down twice a day.

Analysis at bottling

Alcohol: 14.6%  pH: 3.67  TA: 5.90  VA: 0.061 R.S.: Dry

Length/type of aging: 32 months in 60 gal Oak barrels: 4% new American, 45% new French, 47% 2-3 year old French, and 4% 2-4 year old American.

Bottled: April 2007

Approximate lifespan under proper cellar conditions: 20+ years.

Number of cases produced: 3550

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