This estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon makes a powerful statement with its layers of dark fruit, chocolate and spicy oak. The flavors are rich and dense and are balanced with firm integrated tannins.
With its full bodied finish, this wine has great potential and will continue to develop thru 2012. 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc.
89 Points, Wine Spectator:
"A solid effort and marked improvement from the 2001. Dark, dense and sturdy, this compact, concentrated wine exhibits rich currant, mineral, sage and cedar notes. Firms up on the finish, ending with tight tannins, but it's balanced, and the earthy currant flavors turn complex and linger on the finish. Best from 2007 through 2013. 730 cases made. –JL"
The Palmazes bought a forgotten stone winery, a fine old house badly in need of renovation, and acres of land that had once produced fine Napa wines. The little valley had been the site of Cedar Knoll Vineyard and Winery, founded in 1881 by Henry Hagen, one of Napa Valley's pioneer winemakers.
Henry Hagen produced wines that garnered many awards, including a silver medal at the Paris Exposition of 1889. During that era, Cedar Knoll was one of Napa's premier wineries. The vineyards survived the Wine Country’s phylloxera infestation in the 1890s, but Prohibition was fatal. The winery fell into disrepair and the vineyards lay fallow for nearly eighty years.
Today, the vineyards are burgeoning, the restored Hagen house is a family home again, and the winery has been reinvented.
Palmaz Vineyards' winemaking and aging takes place within the living rock of Mount George, in a flawlessly engineered maze of tunnels and lofty domes. The height of the wine cave is equivalent to an 18-storey building, providing the vertical range needed for true gravity-flow winemaking.
Thus, the wine is never subjected to the violent agitation of pumping, which can change the wine’s intra-molecular structure. This gentle treatment allows the finest nuances of flavor to develop naturally—the result is a complex, elegant wine.