2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
"T.R. Passalacqua Vineyard" Dry Creek Valley
90 Points – Connoisseurs' Guide
Gold Medal – 2007 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
The 2004 Owl Ridge T.R. Passalacqua Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the meticulously farmed Passalacqua Ranch on the western hills of Dry Creek Valley. At about 400 feet in elevation, this is still a fairly warm part of the valley, yielding ripe, juicy Cabernet. The color of this wine is ruby to garnet, with almost no degradation of color at the rim even at 8 years of age, suggesting it still has time to mature. The nose shows classic California Cabernet aromas of blackberry, black currant, kirsch, and pepper. The palate is soft and smooth, with berry and cherry flavors joined by spicy notes. The flavors build on the finish, gaining in complexity and layering, and ending with a note of vanilla. This is a lovely Cabernet that shows how a wine can harmonize if given time to age, and at $29 is a one you should stock up on while you have the chance.
Winemaker: Joseph C. Otos
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, T.R. Passalacqua Vineyard
AVA: Dry Creek Valley
Total Acidity: 6.63 g/L
Total Cases Made: 600 750ml
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About The Winery...
Owl Ridge Wines began to take advantage of the high-quality Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay grown in Sonoma County. Winemaker Joe Otos uses 100% French oak and winemaking techniques that preserve the intensity of the fruit flavors. The resulting wines are big, but balanced wines.
They have now reached the point where their wines have begun to achieve the recognition they deserve. Owl Ridge Wines was voted "Best New Winery" at the 2006 Wine Literary Awards Tasting. This is a significant honor because more than 80 wine writers voted in a secret ballot at a tasting that had 1000 wines.
Owl Ridge has won more than 18 gold medals in the last year at major competitions. This includes two "Best of Class" awards.
Learn more at www.owlridge.com.