2004

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WineSmith 2004 Roman Reserve Syrah
WineSmith 2004 Roman Reserve Syrah

William Younger’s “Gods, Men and Wine” offers compelling evidence that the 1,000 year Roman winemaking tradition did not involve sulfites. In 2001 we decided to undertake an experiment in ancient winemaking, vinifying this robust syrah grown in high-altitude living granite with and without the modern sulfite addition all the experts tout as indispensable. The conventional lot, we found, was indeed cleaner, and even possessed a more solid structure. But it brought to mind a perfect but sterile construction with nobody home. Without sulfites, the same grapes offered up incredibly intricate aromatics full of mystery and soul. The difference reminded us of the extra dimensionality of flavor one finds in great unpasteurized French cheeses.

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WineSmith 2004 Cabernet Franc
WineSmith 2004 Cabernet Franc

Because of our day job as winemaking consultants, we decided in 1993 to establish this challenging grape as our signature varietal – it’s a wine which requires skill to do well, and is capable of great depth when properly made.   Since then, we have developed the reputation for some of California’s best Cab Francs.  This is perhaps our finest effort to date.

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$60.00Available

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (PennyFarthing)
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (PennyFarthing)

Before it was taken from its cradle in France and raised in the New World as a muscular brute, Cabernet (in both its varietal manifestations) had aristocratic roots which obliged it to greatness by striving to inspire rather than to assault. Our winery’s notion of Cabernet Sauvignon aligns not with the fruitforward, fleshy style of Australia, but with the sinewy, deeply energetic offerings of Bordeaux.

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2004 Roman Syrah - 1.5 Liter Magnum
2004 Roman Syrah - 1.5 Liter Magnum

William Younger’s “Gods, Men and Wine” offers compelling evidence that the 1,000 year Roman winemaking tradition did not involve sulfites. In 2001 we decided to undertake an experiment in ancient winemaking, vinifying this robust syrah grown in high-altitude living granite with and without the modern sulfite addition all the experts tout as indispensable.

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2004 Crucible
2004 Crucible

Rich blueberries typical to the cool regions surrounding the town of Napa are supported by massive but refined tannins which should gain depth for several decades.

This is “real wine” with incredibly dense, melted tannins. Its five-ton harvest is the entire focus of our winemaking consulting team during harvest. Picked at the peak of phenolic ripeness, these small berries yielded very low volumes of intensely tannic juice packed with blueberry aromas.

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$500.00Available