Hartwell Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
"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."
"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.
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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."
The Wine Advocate
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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.
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