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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
St. Supery Elu Red Meritage 2003
St. Supery Elu Red Meritage 2003
(search item no. 91982)

PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $52.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 92 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2000 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec

The fruit for this red blend was harvested during the cool hours of early morning to maximize fresh flavors. Crush occurred in St. Supery's cellar prior to fermentation and maceration on the skins, after which the wines were drained and pressed to barrels for maturation. After a year in predominantly French oak, a preliminary blend was created and that blended wine put back into barrel in order to begin the process of marrying the flavors of the component varietals. Another twelve months later, the wines went through final evaluation to complete the blend.

From the out start the 2003 ElĂș is an amazing wine, there is great depth of both aroma and flavor. The wine begins with hints of cocoa, blackberries and toasted oak. Upon further investigation, one picks up kirsch and black cherries. Elegant, supple and gracefully balanced, and finishing with a lively burst of ripe fruit and supple tannins. Drink now through 2013.

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About St. Supery Estate Vineyard & Winery:

St. Supery Estate Vineyards & Winery is a family-owned, sustainably-farmed, estate winery in Napa Valley, California, with more than 515 acres of certified Napa Green and California Sustainable Winemaking vineyards. All of the grapes for St. Supery Esates' wine portfolio, including the highly-regarded Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc and Dollarhide and Rutherford vineyard-designate Cabernet Sauvignon, are grown in two estate vineyards. The Skalli family, owners of St. Supery Estate, has a long history of winemaking. They planted their first vineyard in 1920 and carry this tradition on through the generations with their ownership of St. Supery Estate today.