Vintage Notes
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

Growing Season An early spring, early bud break, early flowering, a slow steady ripening period and a hot fast finish several weeks ahead of the traditional harvest times. Warm, consistent summer weather and several late hot spells created growing conditions that allowed for one of the earliest harvest periods the Napa Valley experienced in nearly a decade.

Vineyard

The 22-acre estate in the heart of the Stags Leap District is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  The Stags Leap District is renowned for its elegant, distinctive and full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. 


Harvest Brix:

27.7˚

Acid:

0.44 g/100mL

pH:

3.58

Harvest dates:

9/1 (Merlot) to 9/13/04 (Cabernet Sauvignon)


Fermentation & Aging

The 2004 vintage was fermented in the usual Pillar Rock way.  A warm fermentation with 15 days of extended maceration before pressing.  The press wine in 2004 was added back to the free run as it gives the wine additional structure and ability to age.


Finished Wine Bottling date:

June 29, 2006
Release spring 2007

Sizes:

600-6-bottle cases, 300-12-bottle caes,
240-1.5L, 6-3.0L, 3-6.0L bottles

Bottle age: More than 6 months

100% Napa Valley
Stags Leap District

100% estate grown, vinted and bottled
Blend

91.2% Cabernet Sauvignon
8.8% Merlot

Alcohol: 

14.5%


Winemaker's Comments A beautiful vintage of Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon from Pillar Rock.  Stags Leap Cabernet always shows as elegant and forward style in the nose.  In the mouth, there is a luscious texture and medium rich body.  This vintage will age gracefully for at least two decades