2002 Three Vineyards

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2002 Three Vineyards
2002 Three Vineyards
Tasting notes

Deeply colored, this wine has seamlessly integrated and concentrated aromas of black fruits, cassis, clove spice, sweetly toasted oak, licorice, cola and plum. The flavors are spice, cassis, black cherry and toasted oak that start softly with well-balanced acid and continue with a medium-full mid-palate and finish with spice, pepper and nicely tannic notes.

Production notes

Grapes are from the Red Mountain Appellation vineyards of Hedges Estate, Bel’ Villa and Red Mountain.  The wine was aged as individual lots in 40% new and the remainder one to two year old French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels for 16 months. Two and one-half percent 2003 cab sauv and 1.5% 2003 merlot were added to increase mid-palate body, depth and structure.

Other notes

Harvest Notes: Fairly consistent temperatures during bloom and set led to a nice, even set. A typically warm summer was followed by 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 “normal” 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 concentrated ripe flavors that carried over into our wines. The wines tend to have higher alcohol but nicely balanced natural acids and the various terroirs of the three vineyards our grapes come from provide complexity in flavor and aroma. Another great vintage for those patient enough to let the grapes achieve optimum maturity.

VarietalThree Vineyards
Varietal Composition48% Cab Sauv. 49% Merlot 3% Cab. Franc.
AppellationRed Mountain AVA
Acid6.0 g/L
Volume750 ml
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