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2004 marks the third vintage of the Monte Rosso Cabernet in the Sbragia FamilyVineyards line-up.  Thankfully my good friend, Mike Martini has continued to share a couple of blocks with me from his famed Monte Rosso property in Sonoma Valley.  Monte Rosso Ranch is a well known grape growing site which looks westward over the entire Sonoma Valley.  The vineyard was named by Mike’s grandfather, and is aptly named given its mountain top location and bright red soils.  Like most mountain vineyards, the vines at Monte Rosso are subject to stress factors that ultimately help shape the flavor of the wine.  The high elevation, which ranges from 900—1,200 feet, features decomposed volcanic rock that is mineral-rich, well drained and porous, encouraging the 20 to 40 years old vines to dig deep in search of water.


This particular wine is made the way I think a mountain Cabernet should be made.  My son Adam and I fermented the wine in five and ten ton tanks and pumped over three times a day.  The wine was ultimately pressed and racked into older French oak to rest for a month before it was transferred to 100 percent new French Nevers oak where it aged for two years. 

Winemaker Comments

“Fruit from the Monte Rosso vineyard produces wine that is elegant and rich with intense flavors and good acidity.  Inky purple in color this wine showcases concentrated mountain Cabernet aromas and flavors of saturated black cherry, plum and black currant with notes of cedar, vanilla, red cassis, mint, caramelized brown sugar, mocha and spice.  The wine has the characteristic tannins of a refined mountain Cabernet, yet also has a velvety texture and juicy finish.  I have found that this wine is a perfect match with a barbequed, butterflied leg of lamb.  Simple is best—I use olive oil, sage and garlic as a marinade and throw it on the grill with rosemary and balsamic vinegar.  Enjoy!”                      -Ed Sbragia

93 points - Wine Advocate, 94 points - Wine Enthusiast

Harvest:  October 1 & 2, 2004

Components:  96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc

Case Production: 686

Alcohol: 14.4%

TA: 0.65g/100ml         pH: 3.70           RS: 0.68

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