Wine Last Sold on: December 17, 2012
Vin de Manies
2004 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
|Region:||California: Napa Valley|
2012 WINE INTRIGUE AWARDS WINNER:
Operatives Choice: Top Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Welcome to day one of the 6th Annual Wine Spies Wine Intrigue Awards. Every year, our Operatives and our Agents choose their favorite wines of the past year. Today, we offer you a rare second chance. If you loved this best-selling Cabernet, get more. If you missed it, the first time… act fast!
SUPERIOR WINE ALERT:
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Mission Codename: Hokus Pokus Opus Who?
- Agent Red
- Original Objective
- Return to Vin De Manies, whose winemaker learned his craft at the legendary Opus One Winery. Raid their cellar and procure their coveted Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Mission Status
- Daniel Manies
Every great once in a while we find a gem that has been hiding out in a winemaker’s cellar - sometimes for years. It is our great thrill, today, to present you with one such gem. Opus One alum, Daniel Manies, held back today’s wine in order to age it to perfection. His 2005, which we featured earlier this year, was released nearly a year earlier than today’s wonderful, aged-to-perfection 2004.
This no longer incognito wine is ready for your glass, dear Operative. Barrel and bottle age have allowed the refinement and complexity of this wine to really develop over time. A wine like this is a rare find in today’s wine world and we know that it will give you as much pleasure as it has us.
Today’s gem of a wine delivers the sort of pleasure that only comes with age!
Richly colored and deep in appearance, with dark ruby hues and lighter-colored edges, indicating many years in barrel and bottle.
Very complex on the nose, with elements of blackberry, black cherry, black tea leaves, pomegranate and toasty oak. As the wine opens, it reveals hints of spice and black pepper.
Well integrated elements are balanced and mature, filling one’s mouth with full, classic Napa Cabernet structure and texture.
A very elegant style with concentrated fruit flavors of blackberry, plum, ripe cherry and earth. Subtle oak flavors round out the wine, providing a soft but structured style.
Enough tannin to provide a strong backbone for the rich fruit flavors, which coat your mouth and prolong the elegance feel, long into the extended, delicate finish.
What the Winery Says
A rich and fully developed Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon with great complexity and length.
This exquisite wine embodies Cabernet vineyard from OAK KNOLL District, Napa Valley, Merlot from from Gordon Valley located south east mountains of Napa Valley, Cabernet Franc from from Olive Hill off Hagen Road, east side valley floor, Napa Valley and Petite Sirah from Gordon Valley, in the Napa Valley.
The 04 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve experienced major “HANG TIME” to be harvested at substantial ripeness. This allowed our winemaking and aging to be about management of very significant fruit structure with barrel aging and long slow cool temperature aging.
This complex dry red wine now being released is confirmation of our efforts in this process.
Napa Valley- Oak Knoll District
84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Sirah
About the Winery
With a heritage that developed Opus One into a “world famous winery”, winemaker Daniel Manies has ventured out on his own to develop his own signature label line of elegant wines. More than just Bordeaux style blends, utilizing authentic French Bordeaux winemaking techniques, his unique and creative approach to winemaking has developed wines with characteristics that will amaze and delight the most discriminating of tastes. With his incomparable approach to quality, these premier wines will tantalize the senses and transport you to the vineyards of Bordeaux, France.
A soon to be released. limited special edition of Vin De Manies’ upcoming wine. will he unrivaled in the winemaking industry.