The color of this wine is striking, its deep blue-red bue making it impossible to see the bottom of the glass. The nose is unmistakably Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: dense red raspberries, wild backberries, chocolate, and a warm toasty essence are packed tightly into this full-bodied red.
Grown in rocky riverbed soils with minimal supplemental irrigation other than natural winter rainfall, this wine clearly displays the distinct gravely terroir of the Weir Family Vineyard. The palate, like the nose, has a compact structure but softens in the finish. The addition of 10% Cabernet Franc enhances not only the finish but creates a robust, fruity mid-palate.
Hagafen Cellars is located in the Napa Valley, in the heart of California’s premier wine grape region. Less than a mile south of the famed Stags leap District and twenty yards from the Oak Knoll District--Napa’s newest and most exciting of American Viticultural Areas--the well-drained soil is ideal for the growth and production of ripe and rich, intensely fruity small lot estate bottled wines. Owned and operated by Irit and Ernie Weir, the winery was founded in 1979, and the first commercially released vintage was harvested in 1980. In the ensuing years, Hagafen has grown from a small partnership producing wine with grapes from Winery Lake Vineyard, then owned by Rene DiRosa, to a well-established wine company whose wines are distributed throughout North America and overseas. Since 1980 Hagafen wines have been served on numerous occasions at the White House to visiting foreign dignitaries.