Revana Family Vineyards2002 Cabernet Sauvignon
The fertile floor of the upper Napa Valley is prime real estate for winemakers and grape growers. With well-draining, sandy clay loam soils along with warm days and cool evenings, this area, and the St. Helena AVA in particular, is known as an exceptional growing zone for Bordeaux varietals, especially for Cabernet Sauvignon.
This was not lost on Dr. Madaiah Revana, a practicing cardiologist out of Houston, who discovered a small parcel of prime vineyard land just north of the town of St. Helena and purchased it while visiting the Napa Valley in 1997. He brought in vineyard manager Jim Barbour and winemaker Heidi Peterson Barrett to bring his vision of crafting world class Cabernet Sauvignon to life. Each of the eight vineyard blocks is fermented and aged separately and then blended, giving a total of approximately 2,000 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon.
As one would expect from Heidi Peterson Barrett, this opulent red is smooth and round with soft, ripe tannins. Notes of cassis, red licorice, vanilla, cedar, and cherry cobbler meld together and linger on the flavorful finish.
Reviewed October 4, 2006 by Catherine Fallis.
Winery: Revana Family Vineyards
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