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2002 Ardente Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Grande Riserva

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2002 Ardente Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak, Napa Valley 750ml

The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is a richly textured wine with intense, ripe flavors of black cherry, blackberry, plum and cassis. This full bodied wine is well-balanced with moderate tannins and a long, expansive finish. The harvest is intentionally delayed until the end of October to guarantee complete ripeness of the grapes. The resulting wine is then aged for eighteen months in French Oak barrels and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The character and elegance of this Cabernet Sauvignon with its profound dark fruit intensity is then blended in complete harmony with the bursting cherry flavor of Ardente's merlot.

Varietal Composition: 90% Cabernet, 8% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Harvest dates: October 21 - November 10
Age of Vines: 14 years
Fermentation: 14 - 20 days
Alcohol Level: 14%
pH Level: 3.58
Residual Sugar Level: Dry
Acid Level: 0.57 grams/1 00 mls
Aging Process: 18 months in small French oak barrels, 40% new French oak
650 cases produced
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