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Destino Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003

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The vineyard ~ The 2003 Destino Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from two meticulously farmed vineyards, both in the acclaimed Coombsville region of southeastern Napa Valley. Offering excellent soil and climate conditions, these vineyards are situated at elevations of 300 and 500 feet. Adding to the wine's complexity and structure, the 2003 vintage has been crafted using three distinctive clones: 337, 4 and 8, each contributing a unique expression of Coombsville Cabernet. The wine ~ From the hand-harvesting of the fruit at 25 and 26 Brix, to the fermentation with Bordeaux red yeast, thrice-daily pumpovers, and extended maceration or "cuvaison," this wine was crafted using traditional Bordelaise techniques. The wine was barrel aged in 100 percent French oak with a mixture of wood types: Never, Center of France, and Limousin origins. The wine was subtly enhanced by a combination of French coopers (Nadalie, Vicard, and Taransaud) each employing distinctive toasting techniques. Tasting Notes ~ This sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon is the most structured wine we have ever crafted. Striking an elegant balance between lush dark fruit components and firm tannins, the wine offers nuanced flavors of red currants and chocolate that linger long on your palate. To enjoy in its robust youth, we suggest decanting this rich, layered wine prior to drinking. To experience a more refined incarnation, cellar for up to a decade.

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Destino Wines:
Meaning fate, journey and destination, the name Destino reflects a simple, guiding philosophy—that the winemaking journey is the destination. In this spirit, our approach to artisan winemaking expresses itself in a passion for the many small details. From the way the sunlight dapples the ripening grapes in the vineyards to the nuanced diversity of oak barrels from different forests in France, o... Read more
Meaning fate, journey and destination, the name Destino reflects a simple, guiding philosophy—that the winemaking journey is the destination. In this spirit, our approach to artisan winemaking expresses itself in a passion for the many small details. From the way the sunlight dapples the ripening grapes in the vineyards to the nuanced diversity of oak barrels from different forests in France, our wines embody a rich sense of exploration. Destino Wines is a boutique ultra-premium winery owned by Kevin & Anne Murphy, whose passion for producing wines of the highest quality ensures that Destino's wines delight and impress its loyal customers. Destino Wines' approach to winemaking is about flavor intensity, passion for the fruit, and an uncompromising quest for quality. We source our grapes from only the finest vineyards in Napa Valley and Russian River, we crush, ferment and barrel-age our wines at our modern facility in Carneros, and when it is time to bottle our wines, we double-verify that the wine is worthy of the Destino label. We are a small operation, and could not achieve the success for which we strive were it not for the guidance and energy of our many friends in the industry. Making great wine requires a great passion, great grapes, and great relationships. Read less

External Reviews for Destino Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Source: AmericanWinery.com
07/24/2009

The vineyard ~ The 2003 Destino Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from two meticulously farmed vineyards, both in the acclaimed Coombsville region of southeastern Napa Valley. Offering excellent soil and climate conditions, these vineyards are situated at elevations of 300 and 500 feet. Adding to the wine's complexity and structure, the 2003 vintage has been crafted using three distinctive clones: 337, 4 and 8, each contributing a unique expression of Coombsville Cabernet. The wine ~ From the hand-harvesting of the fruit at 25 and 26 Brix, to the fermentation with Bordeaux red yeast, thrice-daily pumpovers, and extended maceration or “cuvaison,” this wine was crafted using traditional Bordelaise techniques. The wine was barrel aged in 100 percent French oak with a mixture of wood types: Never, Center of France, and Limousin origins. The wine was subtly enhanced by a combination of French coopers (Nadalie, Vicard, and Taransaud) each employing distinctive toasting techniques. Tasting Notes ~ This sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon is the most structured wine we have ever crafted. Striking an elegant balance between lush dark fruit components and firm tannins, the wine offers nuanced flavors of red currants and chocolate that linger long on your palate. To enjoy in its robust youth, we suggest decanting this rich, layered wine prior to drinking. To experience a more refined incarnation, cellar for up to a decade.



The vineyard ~ The 2003 Destino Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from two meticulously farmed vineyards, both in the acclaimed Coombsville region of southeastern Napa Valley. Offering excellent soil and climate conditions, these vineyards are situated at elevations of 300 and 500 feet. Adding to the wine's complexity and structure, the 2003 vintage has been crafted using three distinctive clones: 337, 4 and 8, each contributing a unique expression of Coombsville Cabernet. The wine ~ From the hand-harvesting of the fruit at 25 and 26 Brix, to the fermentation with Bordeaux red yeast, thrice-daily pumpovers, and extended maceration or "cuvaison," this wine was crafted using traditional Bordelaise techniques. The wine was barrel aged in 100 percent French oak with a mixture of wood types: Never, Center of France, and Limousin origins. The wine was subtly enhanced by a combination of French coopers (Nadalie, Vicard, and Taransaud) each employing distinctive toasting techniques. Tasting Notes ~ This sumptuous Cabernet Sauvignon is the most structured wine we have ever crafted. Striking an elegant balance between lush dark fruit components and firm tannins, the wine offers nuanced flavors of red currants and chocolate that linger long on your palate. To enjoy in its robust youth, we suggest decanting this rich, layered wine prior to drinking. To experience a more refined incarnation, cellar for up to a decade.

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