Salvestrin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
Salvestrin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label

Salvestrin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

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Winemaker Notes

This wine opens with an abundance of bright fruit. Aromas of ripe juicy blackberries, plum and toasted barrels delight the nose. Entry on the palate is silky and smooth with great balance which frames round integrated tannins. The structure builds on the palate with mouth coating richness and warmth leading to a lush ripe long lasting finish.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A big time sleeper of the vintage for me, this wine performed brilliantly. Its dense ruby/purple color was accompanied by notes of Asian plum sauce, soy, creme de cassis, cedar, chocolate and earth. Full-bodied, plush, voluptuous, pure and textured, it is just moving from adolescence to full maturity, where it should remain for two decades.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Lots to admire in this ripe, structured, notably complex young wine. The currant, blackberry, black cherry and plum flavors are joined by hints of anise, vanilla bean and espresso. The tannins are rich and supple and the finish keeps repeating the fruit and pepper themes in a most impressive manner.
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Salvestrin, California
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It began when Italian immigrants John and Emma Salvestrin fell in love with St. Helena while visiting friends in the early 1920s. In 1932 they purchased a portion of the historic Crane Ranch, including the Victorian home of Dr. Crane. With the repeal of prohibition in 1933, they started selling grapes as the wine industry began to grown again.

Ed Salvestrin, who grew up on the family vineyard, continued to grow quality grapes through the 60s, 70s, and 80s preserving the family legacy for future generations. He still lives on the site and frequently tends to his fruit trees when he's not helping out in the vineyard.

In 1987, Rich Salvestrin completed his degree in viticulture from Fresno State University. He returned to the family vineyard to help farm and also to expand the family's grape growing business to include winemaking. 1994 was the inaugural vintage of Salvestrin Cabernet Sauvignon and in 2001 the estate winery was constructed amongst the family vines.

Today, the fourth generation Salvestrin girls are growing up on the family vineyard.

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St. Helena is in the heart of the Napa Valley, nestled between Calistoga to the north and Rutherford on its southern border. On its western side, the Mayacamas Mountains guard it from the cooling effects of the Pacific Ocean; to its east stand the Vaca Mountains. In conjunction, these mountain ranges serve to lock in summer daytime heat. But in the evening, cool air from the San Pablo Bay funnels up through the valley, creating very chilly nights. It isn’t uncommon for temperatures to drop 50 degrees, a shift that promotes a balance of sugar ripeness and acidity in wine grapes.

St. Helena contains a plethora of different soil types in a small area, which have been enhanced over centuries by rain runoff from both mountain ranges. Its vineyards cover a variety of terrain, spreading across the bucolic valley floor and its benchlands.

These ideal topographic and climatic growing conditions easily caught the attention of early winemaking pioneers. In fact, St. Helena is the birthplace of Napa Valley’s commercial wine industry. Dr. Crane founded his cellar in 1859, David Fulton in 1860 and Charles Krug in 1861.

Today there are no less than 400 separate vineyards planted within the 12,000 acres that make up the St. Helena appellation.

Revered most for its red wines based on Bordeaux varieties, namely Cabernet Sauvignon, the St. Helena appellation is also a source of superior Syrah, Zinfandel and Sauvignon blanc.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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