2004 Ghost Block "Estate" Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1030449 94 points Wine Spectator

 A gorgeous, youthful wine, exhibiting jazzy mocha-scented oak and rich dark berry, black licorice, anise and cedar notes. Fills out on the palate and ends with a burst of rich fruit and firm, ripe, chewy tannins.—2004 California Cabernet blind retrospective (August 2014). Drink now through 2024. (JL, Web only-2014)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 Produced by the Pelissa family, proprietors of Napa Wine Co. and grape growers in Napa Valley for three generations, Ghost Block is a selection from the company's 600 acres of vines, all of which are organically grown. This emphasizes freshness rather than hyperripeness, with cool scents of forest floor and wild-blueberry flavor. The greenness in the wine grows subtler with air as the satin texture develops. The tannins have a flinty edge and add to the quirky, complex personality of the wine. Cellar time should build on its distinctive character.  (12/2007)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is an enormously ripe, sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. It has all the hallmarks of the modern cult style, from focused blackberry, cassis and spicy chocolate flavors and profoundly ripe, sweet tannins to the balancing acidity and oak elaboration that adds that extra touch of richness. This elegant wine is at its best now and for five years.  (12/2007)

Connoisseurs Guide

 If a touch dry-smelling at first pass, the nose opens up with airing to reveal ripe black cherry scents, hints of cassis and background notes of oak and herbs. Full in body and slightly fleshy in feel on the palate, the wine is open and somewhat juicy with a smooth underbelly that is very reminiscent of Merlot. Cabernet-like tannin shows up in the finish, however, and invites a short to medium stay in the wine cellar.  (8/2007)

K&L Notes

This is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 100% organic, too. It offers a powerful, in-your-face nose of black cherries, while the palate envelopes your mouth with ripe fruit, firm structure and fully integrated tannins. Small production ensures that this wine will stay off most people's radar. This Cab is a serious value, though, and will vanish like a phantom before long.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.