Hartwell Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California
Wine Spectator - "Rich, supple and harmonious, with layers of blackberry, currant and dusty berry fruit shaded by light toasty oak and supported by firm, ripe, fine-grained tannins. Needs time for the cedary oak to works its way into the center, but should be superb in a couple of years."
Wine Enthusiast - "If you enjoy cellaring Cabs, this is probably a good candidate. It's fine to drink now, with forward cassis and cherry flavors that are liberally oaked, and dry. But the tannins are straightforward. They require something big and greasy, like lamb.
International Wine Cellar - "Bright ruby-red. Complex nose combines black raspberry, tobacco, smoke, spices and earth, plus a whiff of fresh herbs. Sweet, supple and harmonious, with flavors of black raspberry, bitter cherry, tobacco, milk chocolate and loamy earth. This boasts very good texture, sweetness and balance. Finishes with dusty tannins that avoid dryness. Very Stags Leap in character."
The Wine Advocate - "The deep ruby/purple-colored 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon from Hartwell Vineyards is a closed, elegant style of wine displaying notes of sweet cedar, damp earth (or is it forest floor?), black cherries, black currants and a hint of oak. This medium to full-bodied effort requires another 2-4 years of cellaring and should keep for 15+ years thereafter."
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Hartwell Vineyards winery is located in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley and produces some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon in California. This wine is produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Merlot is also grown, produced and bottled on the Hartwell Estate. Bob abd Blanca Hartwell believe that if you grow the best grapes you will make the best wine. View all Hartwell Wines
About Napa Valley
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux Blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Notable FactsWithin the Napa Valley lie smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two is St.-Helena and finally, just granted an AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap and Mount Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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