“...a tasty, seductive effort...”
Our 2003 vintage showcases our vineyard, the combined grape growing expertise of Tom & Josh Clark and our emphasis on excellence with consulting winemaker Gary Brookman. Experience and expertise were both needed in 2003 as Mother Nature gave us a year to remember. With early rains and late heat spikes those who knew when to be patient and when to act were the winners. We count ourselves in that group.
This estate wine represents much more than ten vintages of wine making. It represents 32 years of hard work, laughter, dreams, and heart. We cherish our tiny place on that age old thread of history where family winemaking goes way back in time.
From the Vineyard to the Winery
The 100% Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard lies in the north east hills of Howell Mountain between 800ft. & 1000ft. elevation. Double planted on the contoured terraces its varied slopes receive every exposure. Air flow during the spring negates the need for frost protection while an afternoon breeze during the warm months helps alleviate harsh temperatures. The views are spectacular.
Harvest occurs over a three week period producing five harvest lots. Each lot is vinified and aged separately; part in new French oak; a combination of Taransaud and Seguin Moreau, and part in neutral French oak. Consequently, more than 20 components are available for our blending process.
2003 Tasting Notes
This beautifully rich Cabernet has grace, power and sophistication. Its deep garnet depth will catch your attention while the complex layers of ripe black fruit, spicy cedar, violets & minerality will keep it. With hints of truffle oil, a slight meaty edge and perfect balance this medium bodied elegant wine exhibits both power and finesse from its generous mouth feel to its long delicious finish. Our 2003 celebrates what a mountainside vineyard in its prime can produce. A classically structured, beautiful Cabernet with vibrant acidity and seamless tannins; this wine will age for 20+ years.
2003 Vintage Facts
Alcohol: 14.2%/pH: 3.7/ TA: .70/New French Oak: 65%
Consulting Winemaker: Gary Brookman, (Miner & Grace Family)
Vineyard Mgmt.: Clark Vineyard Mgmt. /Josh Clark & Tom Clark