2004 Abreu "Madrona Ranch" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Madrona Ranch, which is usually about 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc with a touch of Petit Verdot, displays a black/purple color to the rim and an extraordinarily beautiful nose of lead pencil shavings, blue and black fruits, licorice, subtle oak, and some acacia flowers. The wine has fabulous stuffing, a rich, full-bodied mouthfeel, tremendous opulence, but plenty of tannin lurking below the surface. Give this wine 2-3 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 25+ years.
Abreu Winery was established by David Abreu of Rutherford, and began releasing wine with the 1987 vintage. Since then, the wines have become highly respected and sought after. The Madrona Ranch offering comes from a vineyard at the base of Spring Mountain, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in Pleasanton loam and Aiken loam.