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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
Palmaz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (3.0 L) 2004
Palmaz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (3.0 L) 2004
(search item no. 100817)
collectible wine
boutique wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $199.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Ripe concentrated fruit are the core of this estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon with layers of blackberry, cocoa and plum mingled with toasty oak. The rich flavors are balanced with ripe supple tannins adding elegance and complexity to the persistent finish. This wine has great potential and will continue to develop thru 2014
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About Palmaz:

The Palmazes bought a forgotten stone winery, a fine old house badly in need of renovation, and acres of land that had once produced fine Napa wines. The little valley had been the site of Cedar Knoll Vineyard and Winery, founded in 1881 by Henry Hagen, one of Napa Valley's pioneer winemakers.

The vineyards grow within more than fourteen unique terroirs at three elevations — 400, 1200, and 1400 feet above sea level and are nurtured under the respectful tenets of sustainable agriculture. They thrive on the slopes of Mount George at the southern end of the Vaca Range. The foundation for it all is base rock laid down during the Pliocene volcanic age. Vineyard geography ranges from steep slopes with shallow nutrient-poor soils, which produce concentrated grapes, to stony colluvial deposits made up of cobbles, gravel, and sandy loam. Variations of soil type, sun exposure, and elevation produce a robust range of flavors and concentration to create a wine with balance and complexity.

The winery's 24 fermentation tanks accommodate the yields of individual blocks within the estate, vinifying each parcel’s grapes separately to preserve the unique characteristics intrinsic to the parcels. This provides a complete and pure palette for the winemaker’s art — tasting, appreciating, and blending individual lots to bring balance to the wine.