2001 Ladera Lone Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L
91 Points - Wine Spectator
The 2001 Ladera Lone Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic example of the excellent quality of wine made from grapes grown on the Ladera Lone Canyon Vineyard. Lone Canyon Vineyard is a Ladera estate vineyard located in the western hills of the Napa Valley looking west at Mt Veeder. The total acreage on Lone Canyon Vineyard is 480 acres, but only 75 acres are suitable for planting to grapes because of the topography. The vineyard is moderate in slope to very steep with elevations up to 1,100 feet above sea level. The climate is relatively cool, primarily because of the elevation, but also due to the southerly location in Napa Valley. The vines are naturally balanced and yields range from 1 to less than 3 tons per acre. The soils are very well drained, clay loam of moderate depth.
The older vines were planted in the mid 1980's, on St George rootstock. The clones used are not exactly known, but the budwood was taken from vineyards in Oakville and is probably clone 7. The younger vines (30% of the blend) were planted in 1998 and 1999 to clones 4, 6 and 337, using 3309, SO4 and 140R rootstocks and are situated on very steep, terraced slopes.
The 2001 vintage will be remembered for the excellent growing season---a trouble-free year, producing superior wines. The harvest for Lone Canyon Cabernet started on September 10 and finished on October 2. The warm weather ripened the grapes early and uniformly, and proved to be ideal for producing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winemaking and Tasting Notes:
After crushing, the grapes were cold soaked for 2 days before the beginning of fermentation. Fermentation was then started with various commercial wine yeasts. The fermentation lasted 14 days, on average, followed by 0 to 7 days of extended skin contact, depending on the intensity of the wine at this stage. The wine was then drained from the skins and pressed into several press fractions, depending on taste. The wine was barrel aged for 25 months in new (52%) and 1 to 3 year old French oak barrels. The wine was bottled November 11, 2003. (1618 cases, 750 mL; 8 cases, 1.5L; 6 bottles, 3L; 3 bottles, 6L; 1 bottle, 12L).
The 2001 Ladera Lone Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon continues to show the terroir of the Lone Canyon Vineyard---deep, dark, with an extracted bramble fruit aroma and hints of spice and herbal notes. The texture of the wine, typical of Lone Canyon and its mountain location, is very rich and plush with an abundance of powerful, but velvety tannins. The 2001 Lone Canyon will be noted for its rich structure and true to Cabernet varietal expression.
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