2004 St Clement Oroppas Napa Valley
Enticing aromas of blueberry jam, cherry, raspberry, chocolate, clove and a floral back note are the introduction to this elegantly lush wine, as ripe flavors of black cherry, raspberry compote greet the palate.
The 2004 harvest came early in the Napa Valley due to high temperatures during the spring months and a very warm summer. Spiked temperatures in September created a compressed harvest. As a result, the fruit for the 2004 Oroppas arrived at the winery almost three weeks earlier than normal for some vineyards. Hillside vineyards on Diamond and Howell Mountains, as well as Mount Veeder, contributed to this Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine along with valley floor fruit from St. Helena and Rutherford. Each vineyard lot was aged separately in seventy-five percent new French oak barrels for eighteen months. Prior to bottling, fifteen percent Merlot was added to the final blend contributing bright red fruit components and length in the mid-palate.
Enticing aromas of blueberry jam, cherry, raspberry, chocolate, clove and a floral back note are the introduction to this elegantly lush wine, as ripe flavors of black cherry, raspberry compote greet the palate. Rich coffee notes mingle with bittersweet chocolate and brown spices for a long, complex finish supported by structured, yet velvety tannins.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley
Harvest Dates: September 2 – October 18, 2004
Tasting Highlights: 2004 Cabernets Make a Big Splash
Release: January 2007
A rich, massive youngster, packed with dense fruit, mocha-laced oak, layers of earthy currant, spice, anise, olive and cedar, turning plush and layered on the finish, where it reveals subtle flavor nuances. Drink now through 2012. (James Laube) February 20, 2007
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