Valentine Vineyards 2001 Echo Valley Estate
The second release from Valentine Vineyards is our
2001 vintage Estate Grown Echo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
In 2001, the sometimes fickle elements of sun, temperature
and rainfall in our vineyards were among the best in
a decade. Limited crop yields allowed us to produce
just 565 cases of our 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon. Only
a few cases still remain for sale.
This wine is classic Cabernet Sauvignon, revealing as
well the uniqueness of our Echo Valley, Mendocino appellation.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Valentine Vineyards Block
A, the wine was aged for 21 months in a
combination of French and American oak barrels. Cassis,
current, cinnamon, and cedary bramble berry flavors
are supported by a framework of ripe tannins combining
to produce a full bodied, complex wine of outstanding
length and balance. Drinking beautifully on release,
this is nonetheless a big Cab that will continue to
develop for at least another decade.
Valentine Vineyards 2000 Echo Valley Estate
Our 2000 vintage Estate Grown Echo Valley Cabernet
Sauvignon expresses a depth and purity of Cabernet flavors
uncommon to many California Cabernets of this vintage.
The 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes selected for this
wine came from prime Valentine Vineyard blocks identified
for their meager yields of richly intense berries.
Medium in body, the flavor profile of this wine has
evolved beautifully. A nose of loganberry and vanilla
carries over on the palate along with black fruit and
spice box characters enhanced by ripe tannins developed
over 26 months of barrel aging in French and American
oak. The wine was kept in bottle for another two years
prior to release. We think our patience has paid off
- Valentine Vineyards 2000 Echo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
beautifully on release and will continue to develop
and improve for the next 5 to 8 years.
Valentine Vineyards 1999 Echo Valley Estate
Our 1999 vintage Echo Valley Estate
Grown Cabernet Sauvignon is the debut release from Valentine
Vineyards. Its pedigree follows a long line of award
winning private bottlings that Bob Valentine has been
creating for family and friends since 1987. Valentine
Vineyards produces bold and unique wines of superior
ripeness, balance and richness, and our 1999 Cabernet
is no exception. Densely hued, thoroughly drinkable
upon release, and destined to improve with time in the
bottle, we feel our first release is a excellent introduction
to the distinctive wines produced from our grapes.
We have selected what we believe is the best quality
Cabernet fruit from various blocks throughout the vineyard
for this exclusive 600 case offering. Layered aromas
of berry fruit, licorice, and vanilla create a tantalizing
bouquet while flavors in the mouth are balanced, concentrated
and rich with the flavors of cherries, blackberries,
cassis and a hint of black pepper. Two years in a combination
of French and American oak barrels have contributed
to the smooth viscous texture and complexity of this
Cabernet. It finishes long on the palate, with the necessary
structure to improve and maintain its character for
many years to come.