Harvest took place throughout October and November during the early morning hours in order to keep the fruit as cool as possible. The grapes were hand sorted to ensure only the best fruit was chosen to go into make the Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon. Prior to fermentation, the grapes were cold soaked for up to five days, which assisted in retaining the grape's varietal essence and helped to minimize bitter tannin extraction in the resultant wine. For maximum extraction of color and flavor, the must was in contact with the skins for an optimal 21 days at temperatures not exceeding 89°F; thus contributing to greater extraction of black, dark, violet hues that visually hint at the depth and flavor of the wine. After primary fermentation was complete, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in barrels. The wine was racked every 3-4 months and aged in 90% French and 10% American medium and medium plus toasted oak barrels.
"The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso does not have the depth of the 2003. It is slightly softer, dark ruby/purple, with more fruit in the front-end, but not the intensity, richness, or structure in the mid-palate or finish. This will be a more charming, elegant wine when released. It should drink well for 10-15+ years. Range: 88-91
The Wine Advocate
"The rich fruit of this wine is lush and fragrant, with superripe blackberry and blueberry flavors. The tannins hit that fruit with power, contrasting its gentleness with tougher, mountain-grown structure. This needs time for those two elements to meld."
Wine & Spirits