2004 Hedges Family Estate Single Vineyard Limited CABERNET SAUVIGNON 750 mL
Manufacturer: Hedges Family Estate
Brand: Hedges Family Estate
Fairly consistent temperatures during bloom and set led to a nice, even set. A typically warm summer led into a late August early September ripening period of several days that were hot and dry followed by several cool days, causing sugar levels to spike up then drop to more â€œnormalâ€ levels. This pattern repeated itself, then changed to more typical extended fall ripening conditions of warm days and cool nights in later September. Our philosophy of picking at optimum flavor maturity caused us to ignore the higher brix early on and our patience was rewarded with later development of wonderfully elegant flavors that carried over into our wines.
The 2006 vintage Cabernet Reserve has stunning grace and elegance. A long and cool growing season, punctuated with a heat spike in the late summer, allowed the fruit to hang well into October to deliver a wine with an unparalleled balance of ripe fruit and acid worthy of cellaring for the ages. Delicious, pure, and rich with cassis, plum and blackberry mixed with violets, mineral, and tobacco enveloped by ultra-refined tannins of tremendous length and power.
The vintage was marked by low yields but, ultimately, moderate temperatures during harvest (following an earlier heat spike) allowed optimum hang time and outstanding quality with balance and structure. Currant, black licorice, tobacco and graphite are followed by sexy cedary oak notes. Seamless and opulent across the palate with creamy yet vibrant dark fruit flavors with a long, lingering finish.
The 2009 vintage Cabernet Reserve is wholly inviting with impossibly deep and nuanced layers of dark red fruits. The growing season was marked by moderate temperatures and minimal weather events that allowed the grapes to develop to full maturity for full extraction, depth, and color. Gorgeously aromatic, with lifted floral notes embellished with layers of dark plum, sweet raspberry, clove and mineral framed by polished yet juicy tannins for a long and sustaining finish.