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2003

NAPA VALLEY

Lamb Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon

Nestled at the foot of the Palisades in Northern Napa Valley, the Lamb Vineyard has been a source of great pride for our family over the past quarter of a century. Named for Juelle's family, the vineyard was planted to Cabernet in 1982 and consistently yields small quantities of fruit that produce wine with a rare combination of rich concentrated flavors, velvet texture and elegance (read more about the vineyard).

Tasting Notes

Bordeaux lovers rejoice! Powerful aromas of blueberry, powdered cocoa, and black currant with accents of allspice and cinnamon. On first sip this wine displays its heritage with an intense structure formed by firm dusty tannin and outlined by the Lamb Vineyard trademark acidity. Complex flavors of ripe plum, pommegrenate, and blackberry complemented by elements of graphite minerality culminate with tongue-dusting tannins. The long finish features the sweet fruit flavor of fresh red cherry eaten right off the tree. Amidst the recent California vintages that have featured ripe ready wines, the 2003 Lamb Vineyard Cabernet is a wine that holds within it the secret to aging with grace, power, and finesse.

- Whitney Fisher, Winemaker

Production Notes

  • Whole-berry fermented in small open-top fermenters
  • Indigenous yeast fermentation, with extended maceration
  • Malolactic fermentation completed in barrel
  • Aged 21 months in 100% new Taransaud French oak barrels

Alcohol by volume is 13.7%
pH 3.69
Bottle date of June 2, 2005
312 cases produced

Vintages Produced

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