Handcrafting of fine wine is an art form at Croze Winery. Each year the grapes provide a unique challenge for Croze Winery that requires new solutions to bring the wine to its greatest potential. Grapes are gently crushed and stemmed, leaving many whole berries and fermentation is slow and cool to enhance the fruit flavors. The grapes are always handled gently, to avoid extraction of harsh tannins. Wine is aged in French oak barrels, chosen to compliment the special characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
These methods create a Bordeaux style wine that is ready to drink at release but will
continue to improve for years to come.
Croze Winery 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon
The grapes came from two Napa Valley vineyards. 40% came from very old vines at the southern end of the growing region and 60% came from younger vines at the northern end, some twenty miles away. The 1998 CROZE Cabernet Sauvignon has evolved into a silky, elegant, Bordeaux style wine. Ripe, fresh fruits dominate the flavors with a bit of spice in the background. The nose evokes notes of dusty rose and cherry with a hint of toast and Earthy overtones. The finish is long, with lingering accents of fruit and spice. The 1998 CROZE Cabernet Sauvignon has the structure for extended aging without the harshness of drying tannins.
Croze Winery 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon
100% of the grapes are from the Longwood Ranch at the southern end of the growing region. These ancient vines produce small yields of superb grapes. The 1999 CROZE Cabernet Sauvignon has a nose reminiscent of dried roses and ripe black cherries, dried roses and a hint of toasted oak are balanced with sufficient acids to prepare the palate for the next bite of roast beast. The finish is agreeably long and abundant. The middle palate shows the care taken in vinting the wine.