2002 Scholium Project - Proserpina Maldonado Vineyard 750ml

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2002 Scholium Project - Proserpina Maldonado Vineyard
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International Wine Cellar | 90

($80; 95% cabernet sauvignon, from a cool site) Red-ruby with purple highlights. High-toned aromas of raspberry and black walnut. Supple, fat and sweet, but with surprising energy to the flavors. Finishes with tangy crushed fruit flavors, very good length and slightly edgy tannins. "The story of this wine is like a novel," said Schoener. For starters, the juice, a ripasso of cabernet, spent 60 days on the skins. In September of 2005, Schoener dumped both barrels of it over the skins of just-picked Hudson Vineyard syrah. You get the general idea: don't try this at home. The volatile acidity here is at the outer limits. Also tasted: 2004 Sandland Red Wine Duarte Vineyards California*.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Vinfolio | 92

Beautifully supple and smooth, with hints of jasmine and Seville orange on the soft and delicate mid-palate. This wine is best enjoyed at the end of a meal with a Cohiba Maduro.

Drink Dates: 2006-2015
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 45

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About This Producer


The Scholium Project, made by Abe Schoener, pushes the envelope of expectation in wines, producing esoteric varieties from somewhat obscure vineyards througout northern California. Schoener, who completed his graduate work in Ancient Greek Philosophy, concentrated on Homer. His label's name translates to "school, schooling" from Greek, and signifies an undertaking for the sake of learning, paralleling his winemaking journey. Schoener took a sabbatical from teaching in 1998 to work as an intern at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley before moving on to work in the cellars of Luna. He then began the Scholium Project in 2004, entitling wines using proprietary names rather than varieties. In the cellar, Schoener allows his wines to take their own natural course by leaving them undisturbed in the barrel, not sulfuring or topping off - instead he allows the fermentation to develop a ripeness particular to wine, not fruit. Scholium Project wines are extremely limited in production.

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