Clos Pegase Graveyard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Cabernet Sauvignon from Carneros, California

Item No. 52342
  • red wine
  • WS88
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Winemaker's Notes

A tiny portion of our 385 acre Estate Carneros ranch represents a distinct soil anomaly: rather than the typical heavy Carneros clay, this 11 acre hill is composed of well drained loamy soil with gravel and limestone. It is the limestone chunks which give rise to the name; legend has it that when the former owner plowed the field, looking back gave the impression of a disturbed graveyard!

In 1999 selective thinning to reduce crop load to a low of 2.5 tons per acre gave the vines plenty of energy to bring the fruit to perfect physiological ripeness, harvested in the nick of time before rain on November 6th. Gently handled and respectfully cellared in 60% new French oak for 26 months, the wine has a lifted, fragrant and complex nose of red and black currant, crushed leaves and spicy oak. The nose gives way to a soft entry and great purity and elegance on the palate.

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Completed in 1987, Clos Pegase was designed to be a temple to wine on a 47 acre Calistoga vineyard. The winery has a total of 450 acres, mostly located in Carneros. The Clos Pegase label features Pegasus, painted circa 1890 by the French artist Redon. This painting is winery owner Jan Shrem's favorite work of art from his extensive private collection.

Learn About Carneros

Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Notable Facts Both Chardonnay...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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