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Date Printed: 10/21/2014
Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 83660)
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/21/2014: $69.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 93 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2002 Hewitt Vineyard wine is 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and comes from the vineyard's oldest plantings. They carefully avoided crushing the fruit while separating and discarding the stems. Using only the "free run" (wine that drains from the skin without pressing and is generally superior to press wine), Hewitt allowed fermentation to extend for more than 40 days. They aged the wine in 100% new French oak barrels, racking the wine every three months, for 19 months before bottling without fining or filtering.

There is more intensity of fruit than the previous vintage, showcasing Hewitt Vineyard's signature clove, vanilla and black cherry aromas combined with that classic "Rutherford Dust" in a bright and snappy version. Exotic plum and layers of cassis go on for a long, satisfying finish.

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About Hewitt Vineyard:

The historic Hewitt Vineyard resides on the famed Rutherford Bench, a narrow ribbon of gravel-rich alluvial soils on the western side of the Napa Valley that has - since the late 1800s - produced California's best Cabernet Sauvignon.

William Hewitt purchased this property in 1962 and received guidance in planting the vineyard from legendary Beaulieu Vineyard (BV) winemaker André Tchelistcheff. BV purchased Cabernet Sauvignon from Hewitt Vineyard and included it in its top wines for many years. When Hewitt Vineyard was offered for sale in 2000, Chalone Wine Group President Tom Selfridge, who began his career at Beaulieu and knew first-hand the vineyard's extraordinary quality, jumped at the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add this treasure to the company's portfolio.

Today, Hewitt Vineyard produces only estate Cabernet Sauvignon from its extraordinary property. Through this exclusive focus, Hewitt is a leader in Rutherford's winemaking renaissance.