Harris Estate Vineyards Treva's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Treva's Vineyard is a steep, rocky site with red volcanic soils and excellent drainage. The southeastern exposure provides full sun without intense heat. It produces a small yield of tiny dark blue to black berries maturing near the end of September.
International Wine Cellar - "Ruby-red. Lively aromas of currant, blueberry and licorice. Dense and sappy, with cassis and boysenberry fruit flavors complicated by graphite, scorched earth and creosote and lifted by fruity pepper. Good energy and sap here, as well as the stuffing to buffer its firm tannins. This normally powerful cuvee got the shortest maceration in '08, noted winemaker Brown, who added that frost in 2008 cut the yields in half at this estate, 'but not on this 20-degree slope.'
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Treva's Vineyard (approximately 300 cases produced) is from a hillside vineyard planted in red, volcanic soils. It exhibits a Graves-like, charcoal, scorched earth character along with deep blackberry and black currant fruit notes, full-bodied power, sweet tannins, a distinctive earthiness and a rich personality. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Clone 337 and, again, is aged 20 months in 100% new oak. Drink it over the next 15-20 years.
Harris Estate Vineyards
Harris Estate Vineyards are a small producer of premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the Calistoga AVA. They have three estate-grown vineyards planted in the diverse terrain of our 48-acre property. The wines from these vineyards are crafted by our winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and perfectly reflect the terroir of the Franz Valley area. Once a private boys school, the sprawling property offers a glimpse into the hard work and dedication we have put forth into Harris Estate Vineyards. The vineyards and wine have become a true way of living for us that Harris Estate Vineyards hopes to share with you. View all Harris Estate Vineyards 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 grated 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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