Wine Last Sold on: July 26, 2008
2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
|Vineyard:||Dr. Crane & Georges III Vineyards|
|Region:||California: Napa Valley|
|Total Allocation:||Extremely Limited|
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The Winery Says:
Broman Cellars, Member, Napa Valley Vintners
About This Wine:
Our 2003 Broman Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet from two esteemed vineyards. The blend consists of 40 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon from the gravelly Dr. Crane Vineyard in Saint Helena and 60 per cent Cabernet from the gently sloping Georges III vineyard in eastern Rutherford. This wine was aged in French oak for 24 months.
Complex, yet smooth and supple, this wine presents aromas of plum, pomegranate and cranberry fruits with traces of cocoa, leather and cedar. Full and rich in the mouth with fine integrated tannins; our Cabernet has a long, smooth finish. This is a stunning wine that is fruit forward, ripe and intense with superior structure and complexity.
About The Winery:
Broman Cellars is a small, family operation located in the heart of the Napa Valley. Renowned winemaker Bob Broman creates our small lots of handcrafted wines exclusively from Napa Valley grapes. We have long term contracts with several highly acclaimed vineyards. Our Cabernet comes from Beckstoffer’s Dr. Crane Vineyard in St. Helena and Georges III in Rutherford; and our Sauvignon Blanc from the Melrose Vineyard in Rutherford. Our Syrah is harvested from the Page Nord vineyard in North Napa. We have also just planted a small, two-acre vineyard in St. Helena on our Deer Park Road property, which is below the Howell Mountain appellation boundary on the western facing slope. Take a few minutes to read the next few pages. They will give you a better idea of what Broman Cellars is all about.
About The Winemaker:
Winemaking is Bob Broman’s passion. It’s who he is and what he does, all day, every day.
He has made wine for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Concannon Vineyards, St. Supery, Guenoc and has traveled the world doing international consulting. So, it’s no surprise that after making wine for other folks for 31 years, Bob would realize his life long dream of making his own Napa Valley wines, appropriately labeled, Broman Cellars. The inaugural release wasa beautiful 1994 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon consisting of an entire 150 cases. Today, production is just over a whopping 1,000 cases consisting of small, ultra premium, handcrafted lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc. The goal of Broman Cellars is to never grow beyond 7,500 cases… Small enough that Bob can continue to pay individual attention to the wines. Together with his wife, Deborah Russell Broman, they have purchased 11 ½ acres with a home in St. Helena on Deer Park Road where they intend to build their winery. In the interim, they are remodeling the home and are tending to their newly planted Cabernet vineyard.
Total Cases Produced: 527
Released: April, 2008
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The Wine Spies Say:
SUPERIOR WINE ALERT!: Today’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is superbly delicious and wonderfully refined
ALLOCATION ALERT!: We were only able to secure a small number of cases of today’s wine
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Mission Codename: Broman Holiday
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Operatives loved the Broman Syrah that we featured earlier this year and they have been requesting another Broman wine. Send Agent Red to retreive another great Broman wine.
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Broman Cellars
Wine Subject: 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker: Robert Broman
Backgrounder: Agent Red returns to Broman, and this time he retrieves their stupendous 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon. Robert Broman has been ‘in wine’ for more than 30 years. As winemaker for some of the most prestigious wineries in the world, Robert Broman has perfected his skills, making some of the most prescious wines. Today he brings his depth of skill and accomplishment to bear in making his own wines under the name Broman Cellars, where he makes wines of remarkable distinction. Read Agent Red’s tasting notes and mission report below, and see what makes this remarkable Napa Cab so unique
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Ruby red to deepr black cherry juice in color, with perfect clarity through its concentrated dark center. On swirling the the wine, the appears springy and takes some time to fully settle, leaving behind fat legs that move slowly down the glass
Smell – Bright, juicy and perfumy aromatics with big cherry, black cherry, blackberry, currant, dried flowers, lightly toasty oak, and a hints of dark cocoa, soft leather and cedar
Feel – Initially cool, soft, bright and wet, the wine has a gentle roundness at first – then becomes lightly mouth-coating and a little grippy as medium tannins grab the top of your tongue and the roof of the mouth
Taste – Bright and delicious, with fresh fruits of red currant, cranberry, blueberry, raisin, blackberry and oak with a touches of cocoa powder, tomato vine and flinty earth
Finish – Delicious, big, long and fruity with a medium dryness and flavors that go from slightly tart to sweet and then taper off as your watering mouth yearns for another sip
Conclusion – Another delicious and deep offering from Bob Broman! This time around, we have the great pleasure to taste Mister Broman’s recently-released 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – and oh, boy! do we love it. The wine shows as a little oaky initially, but decant for an hour or more and you will be rewarded with greater subtlety, better flavors, a more tender mouthfeel and less oak. This is a fruit-driven wine, and that is tempered by the dark duskiness of the wine. We are constantly impressed by Napa Cabs, and today’s wine is a top example.
What follows is the tale of Agent Red’s first encounter with Broman Cellars. While we are offering the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon today, the following references the Broman wine we ran earlier this year:
Holy WOW, did I score with today’s amazing wine. Finding it was an accidental act of possible intuition.
While perusing my local bottle shop (in disguise, of course) I spotted a bottle that practically leapt off the shelf. While I had received intel briefings about Broman Cellars, I had not yet had the occasion to taste their wines. Luckily, the label yelled out to me to take the bottle off of the shelf.
To the eye, the labels on all Broman wines stand out with a distinct dimensionality that no other label possesses. The feel of the label is also unique; The paper used is deeply thick with a soft cloth-like feel. The printing reminds me of the finest engraved printing that one would find on a classy invitation. All combined, these attributes were my personal invitation to purchase the wine – and take it back to the Safe House for tasting and analysis.
I chose the Broman 2001 wine as I love wines with some bottle age.
When I opened the wine, a rush of boldly beautiful aromas nearly floored me. I love rich and big-nosed wines. A quick sip told me that this was a wine that needed time in the air to stretch out, so I spent the better part of an hours swirling, sniffing and admiring the wine. When it came time to finally sip, the wine had become more balanced and way more flavorful.
As you know, all of the wines that we bring you are great – but when we come across one that is very special, we issue alerts. It was obvious that I would be issuing a superior Wine Alert for this wine.
I conducted a thorough tasting of the wine and then left it open for a few hours. On my return to the wine for another taste, I was rewarded by even more goodness! Further harmony had found its way into the wine and the fruit really emerged, mellowing out some of the oak that was present at first.
By anyone’s estimation, Bob Broman is a masterful winemaker. From his careful selection of fruit to his care during crush, fermentation and in the cellar is easily apparent in his wines.
Bob only uses the best Syrah fruit and if a particular year produces fruit that is below his standards for quality, there will be no Broman Syrah for that vintage. Case in point: There was no 2002 Broman Syrah! Thank goodness for this superb 2001.
If you are a lover of GREAT wine, this is a sure-win wine!