The wines from the 2000 HL Cabernet Sauvignon continue
the goal of what winemaker Mike Trujillo calls "stylish
representation of classic mountain fruit without the tannin."
"I"m looking for a wine that tastes like a fresh grape," he
adds, "not a tannic, wood driven monster. This vintage is
anything but tannic; it is very approachable, almost sexy,
with great finesse and balance." Even with almost 90% new
Taransaud and Nadalie French oak and over 14% alcohol,
this wine is still elegant, fruit driven and forward without
"In the mouth, there is a taste of intense black fruits
reflecting the hillside vineyard, with a touch of licorice, spice
and cinnamon. I find the 2000 wines comparable to 1996,
with a soft entry, concentrated elegance and great varietal
character. Similarly, time in bottle will help the balance;
already I can taste the silky qualities of this wine. Like the
1996 vintage, it should become even more balanced as it matures, so make sure to give it a few years in your cellar." And make sure to enjoy it with friends!