2004 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
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93 Points - Wine Enthusiast, March 2008
The color is deep and youthful. The nose is a mix of ripe dark fruits, cassis, sandalwood and violets. The palate is rich and mouth coating with tannins that are clearly present, yet beautifully integrated. This is a delicious, full-bodied Cabernet that will bring great pleasure over the next decade.
Our 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon is a complete wine. It is a testament to both vintage and the vineyards. The growing season opened with a heat wave in the first half of March triggering an early bloom. The remainder of the year was awash in warm days, cool nights and morning fog. All in all, we feel it was one of the finest Cabernet vintages of the last decade.
For vineyards, this Cabernet combines our favorite bench, hillside and mountain sites (many organically farmed) in Sonoma, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. By blending lots from a variety of sources Richard is able to capture the character of the vintage and the essence of Sonoma County Cabernet.
One of the greatest compliments we can pay a wine is to call it complete. A complete wine has no gaps, no missing essentials. The nose is layered; the flavors are decisive; the texture is broad and balanced. Both variety and terroir are inextricably woven throughout the liquid in perfect harmony.
Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon (89.9%), Merlot (7.2%), Malbec (1.6%), Petit Verdot (1.3%)
Appellation: Sonoma County
Viticultural Areas/Vineyards: Sonoma Valley - Smothers-Remick Ridge Vineyards, Murray Farms, Monte Rosso Vineyard, Lasseter Vineyards, Arrowood Estate Vineyards; Dry Creek Valley - Oddone Vineyards; Alexander Valley - Belle Terre Vineyards, Peterson Ranch
Harvest Dates: September 1 through September 24, 2004
Average Sugar at Harvest: 25.3 Brix
Average pH (Harvest/Bottling): 3.4/3.9
Average Total Acid (Harvest/Bottling): .68g per 100ml/.55g per 100ml
Aging: Aged predominately in French and American oak barrels for 24 months; unfined, unfiltered.
Alcohol by Volume: 15.2%
Release Date: October 2007
Total Production: 6,043 cases