Whispering Dove Alter Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Cabernet Sauvignon from California

Item No. 78995
  • red wine
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Winemaker's Notes

One vintage and this wine is already a legend, though for all the wrong reasons and not because of anything we did. There are so many sub plots here, both real and imagined, it's hard to know where to start. The prevailing rumor was that ‘Whispering Dove' was some sort of double secret code for the fact that this wine is really ‘Screaming Eagle's' second label. Sorry to say that's not true, but it certainly would make people remember. We heard that from a number of people seeking the 2001, a wine we didn't buy because we didn't think it was worth the tariff.

It is supposedly from a top flight Napa producer, but you've heard our rap on that kind of thing before. Some people will say anything to sell a bottle of wine. All that really matters is what's under the cork. That's why we're all over round two. This is as exciting a deal for this price, which means it legitimately tastes much more classy, ethereal and expensive than it costs and, well, this IS the point. Really deep, perfumed blackberry fruit on the nose as well as notes of spice and vanilla, sleek, slippery, velvety, very distinctively Napa currant fruit on the palate, and everywhere along the way the wine hits perceptibly higher notes than any of it's ‘peers'. It's fun to speculate on possible stories, but this negociant bottling speaks very well for itself. There are other stories we could tell, but we'll save them in case we have to talk about it again. We think it will sell out, but we did buy a huge chunk. It's a legitimate Napa Reserve for half price.

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vininfo - Carson, CA (read all my reviews)

Style: Smooth & Supple
Soft, supple and a shade lighter than the 2001, but very yummy.
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The partnership of Whispering Dove was literally formed one night while drinking and enjoying an insanely priced Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruity forward taste of this fine wine turned sour rapidly as we calculated how many hours of work we had to put in simply to afford that wine! This epiphany led us to investigate just exactly what it truly costs to produce an...

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California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label: Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to...

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(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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