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2004 Rocca Family - Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
  • 93 WS
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 143446-2004-750-3A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    An elegant style, this is well-balanced, with a mix of smoke, spice and currant-laced Cabernet aromas that maintain their focus, ending with a long, lingering finish that keeps the fruit at the forefront.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2013
    Author: James Laube
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: MVerble
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: VinoDeparture
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Dougobrick
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: Billy the Kid
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Drink Dates: 2008-2012
    Author: David W294
  • Self | Rating: 93

    A nice big fruit forward cab with smooth, elegant flavors. A great value -- excellent at this price.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Aromas: Creamy black stone fruits, mocha and blue fruit melange Palate: highly polished and concentrated black fruits, licorice, blueberry and cassis. Impression: The best Rocca Cabernet produced to date with serious winemaker cred
    Author: dougwilder
  • Self | Rating: 93

    As good as ever and looks to stay that way or improve for several years
    Author: gotwine
  • Self | Rating: 89

    Earthy, sharp opens up nicely.
    Author: Charles S310
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Incredible value, what an amazing wine. Powerful nose of chocolate covered blueberries with a twist of red fruit. California cab at its finest, this wine is harmonious showing great fruit while balancing the jamminess with acidity. The finish goes on and on. I drank after 1.5 hours in the decanter and it was worth the wait. I can't believe I bought only one of these, I need to scramble and find more.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2011
    Author: BillG19
From their 21-acre Grigsby Vineyard just next to Stags Leap District, Eric Grigsby and Mary Fran Rocca source the Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah for their highly-regarded wines. This vineyard, planted in 1991 and purchased by Eric and Mary Fran in 1999, sits on the benchland of the Vaca Mountains, where the vines benefit from the warmer climate to the north and the cooling influences of the San Francisco Bay to the south. Celia Welch serves as winemaker, presiding over a program of gentle fruit handling: long, slow fermentations, light pressing, and extended barrel aging. The result is rich, full-bodied wines, balanced and ageworthy. In 2000 a second vineyard, Canamagi, was purchased. Younger lots from this vineyard and the Grigsby go into the H. Gray wines, which are more fruit forward in style.

See other similar producers:O'Shaughnessy Winery & Vineyards,Hourglass,Garric Cellars

California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Cabernet Sauvignon is a thick-skinned variety that is high in color, flavor, tannin, and body, displaying aromas of black currant, blackberry, violet, bell pepper, and black cherry. It is late-ripening and therefore struggles to grow in cool climates. Quality can vary tremendously depending on terroir, vineyard management, and winemaking style, with the highest quality wines coming from the Haut-Médoc and Graves in Bordeaux, and Napa and Sonoma in California.

The powerful flavors, tannin, and body of Cabernet Sauvignon make it well suited to ageing and allow it to stand up to a large proportion of new oak without overpowering the wine. 225-litre barriques are the most popular size barrel and French oak is commonly used by the best producers to add structural complexity and flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and clove to the nose and palate. The best wines, many of which are below, can age further in the bottle for decades.

Old-World Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Merlot, which ripens earlier than Cabernet and adds plum, softer tannin, and lighter body to this Bordeaux blend. These wines typically have earth-driven aromas such as wet leaves and truffle along with bell peppers and leather. First-Growth producers such as Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château Latour, and Château Margaux consistently produce some of the highest-quality Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends.

New-World Cabernet Sauvignon is seen both as a blend and single varietal. Warmer climates and long sunlight hours result in an extended growing season, bearing grapes with richer fruit, bigger tannin, higher alcohol, and lower acidity than their Old-World counterparts. Some of the best expressions of these full-bodied wines come from producers like Screaming Eagle, Hundred Acre, Schrader and Scarecrow.

All Cabernet Sauvignon pairs phenomenally well with meat-forward dishes such as rib-eye steak, short ribs, lamb shank, or a cheeseburger. Vegetable-forward dishes featuring mushrooms are also a great choice for this variety. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 818 bottles owned
  • 121 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 121 collectors)