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Date Printed: 10/30/2014
Schweiger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Schweiger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
(search item no. 93712)

PRICE ON 10/30/2014: $38.59

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

From vineyards planted high up on Spring Mountain, this boutique winery is making some of the most unique and delicious wines in Napa. If you're a fan of Pride Cabernet, try a bottle of this elixer.

Those of you familiar with our wines know that one of our previous Cabernet releases (2001) was the beginning of a brave new world for us as we extended our barrel aging program to further soften and round out our full mountain fruit. We continue that tradition with of our 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2003 vintage required much patience, but was well worth the wait. For our efforts, we have been rewarded with a rich, full-bodied Cabernet, deep in color. The nose of the wine is lively with essences of berries, plum, and toasty oak. The sweet, supple entry crescendos into a deeply intense middle followed by a pleasant, velvety, lingering finish.

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About Schweiger Vineyards:

The Schweiger Vineyards property was purchased by Fred Schweiger in 1960. During the early years, the Schweiger family enjoyed its 54 acre Spring Mountain property as a private Christmas tree forest and for planting pear and prune trees as an agricultural endeavor.

Situated at an elevation of 2,000 feet with rich volcanic soil and a unique microclimate, the Schweiger family realized the potential for successful wine production. The laboring process to clear the heavily forested property began in 1979.

During the two years of clearing, old redwood hand-split stakes were discovered spaced a meter by a meter, reaffirming the stories that the area was once a prime viticultural area in the 1880's. With a "hands on" approach, the Schweiger family laid out and planted the 34 acres of Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1981.

Schweiger Vineyards was successful from the beginning with the first harvest in 1984 bringing great demand for grape contracts from Cafaro Cellars, Stags' Leap Winery, ZD, and other highly esteemed wineries. In 1994, Schweiger Vineyards received its bonded winery permit and kicked off their first release of Chardonnay in the fall of 1995. This was followed a year later with the release of the 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Schweiger Vineyards is a family operation, with each family member contributing different areas of expertise in the winemaking process. The family prides itself on growing, producing, and bottling their handmade estate wine with extreme measures of care.