Rocking Horse Garvey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (half-bottle) 1998
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
Our 1998 Cabernet is an exceptional wine from yet another exceptional year. The fruit was picked in mid-October with an ideal brix reading of 23.8. The wine was held in small French and American Oak barrels for a period of 20 months and lightly filtered to protect the wine and maximize the texture and feel on the palate. This delicious Rutherford Cabernet exhibits typical rich plum flavors along with a proprietary black cherry and a bouquet of dried flower characteristics. The 1998 Cabernet is young, a little wild, but will continue to evolve with proper bottle aging and storage. This strikingly complex vineyard designated Cabernet will compliment grilled rib eye steaks and comparable foods.
Rocking Horse Winery
Established in 1989, Rocking Horse is a small quality producer of ultra premium red wines. It was proprietors Jeff and Nancy Doran’s desire to produce the absolute best wines from legendary growing regions. That quest quietly led them from a backyard bottling line, producing a limited 600 cases, to their current 8,000 case production level. Early in the building years a conscious decision was made to purchase fruit from growers and let them do what they do best. Extreme care is taken to marry the proper vineyard site and appellation with the appropriate varietals.
Trademark wines are typically “made in the vineyard” and picked at optimum ripeness to ensure a silky full mouth feel and dark crimson purple hue. Each wine is true to its varietal character and offers many layers of complexity. The name Rocking Horse was developed over time from an in-house collection of art, a sense of belonging and a playful reminder of dreams come true. Memorable in nature yet understated by design, the name touches the heart of Americana and lingers on... well after the evening’s wonderful meal.
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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.
Within 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.
It'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.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.