The grapes were harvested in 2004 after a long summer after severe yield reduction done to ensure the absolute optimal physiological maturity. Sorting was done first by bunches to remove irregularly ripened fruit and any leaf material and then put through a de-stemmer. Individual berries were again hand sorted to remove all remaining stem material prior to being transferred and vinified in small stainless steel tanks for a 15-day alcoholic fermentation. Free-run juice was then transferred by gravity flow into 100% new Taransaud French oak barrels for a total of 20 months of additional aging.
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40 % Merlot
"A breakthrough effort, the 2004 Proprietary Red Wine State Lane Vineyard is a combination of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by lovely, evolved aromas of blueberries, black currants, white chocolate, licorice, and pain grille. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, finely etched, and impeccably well-balanced, with abundant amounts of sweet fruit, it should evolve for another 15-20 years. "
The Wine Advocate
"Firm, intense and concentrated, showing rich, focused currant, anise, blackberry and spicy, cedary, toasty oak, with hints of violet and wild berry. Impressive finish, where the fruit and tannins are well-integrated. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot."