2003 Cabernet Sauvignon
Spring Mountain District
The goal in making our Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon is to produce a wine that is an expression of Spring Mountain as a whole, rather than an expression of our Estate Vineyards alone. Thus for many years we have sourced fruit from some of the finest vineyards in the higher elevations of the Mountain to produce this wine. The Spring Mountain Cabernet consists of components from our Estate Vineyards, Crowley Vineyard, and York Creek Vineyard as well as some fruit from Spring Mountain Vineyards. We are fortunate that our neighbors who so diligently farm these properties support our concept and share a small portion of this wonderful fruit with us on an annual basis. The wine is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (60% new & 40% once used).
The blend for our Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon changes with each vintage to include portions of Spring Mountain Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Petit Verdot. The blending decision takes place approximately one month before bottling and can vary widely in proportion. For example, the 2001 vintage contained 8% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc, the 2002 vintage 16% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2003 vintage 3% Cabernet Franc and 1.5% Petit Verdot, and the 2004 vintage includes 5% Cabernet Franc.