*2004 TOR Mast Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
TOR Kenward Family Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Mast Vineyard Yountville, Napa Valley, USA 2004
"There is something about the elegance in the Cabernets from the Stags Leap and Yountville areas, and the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Mast Vineyard exhibits that almost Margaux-like floral note intermixed with black cherry, black currant, spicy oak, and good bay leaf and spice notes. The wine has outstanding length and richness, and is impressively endowed. (RP)
This vineyard was first planted in 1972 by the Mast family on their estate in the Napa Valley. It is south of the Dominus vineyard in the Yountville appellation and has a western hill sloped facing. The soils, like many of the better vineyards with such a facing, have much rock and are well drained. It is planted to Clone 337. We like our specific block which is in the rockiest section. Curiously I have tracked this vineyard now for two decades and noticed it has a unique micro-climate very late in the growing season. When all of its neighboring western facing benched vineyards find shade as the sun drops lower on the horizon, Mast finds a gap in the western hill and holds light and heat longer. Maybe one of the reasons the wines from our block made it two years in a row as a TOR vineyard designate.