2000 Napa ValleyCabernet Sauvignon WINE ENTH USIASTAUGUST 2003, Steve HeimoffSCORE: 90"Always reliable, and often a value, this vintage William Hill hits paydirt with well-etched black currant flavors wrapped in a shroud of toasty oak. The dry tannins are complex, and the wine feels velvety on the palate."
This wine pairs well with roasted meats, particularly when served with a berry or currant reduction sauce. Wild mushroom risotto or any dish featuring Portabello mushrooms would be a great match with the earthy characteristics of this wine. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were destemmed and crushed before three to five days of cold soaking to enhance the extraction of color and flavor. The must was fermented in upright, closed-top fermentors at a maximum temperature of 85°F. The wine remained in contact with the skins for approximately 20 days before pressing. It was then rack to barrel where it underwent malolactic fermentation to enhance the mouthfeel. This wine was managed as individual lots and racked up to four times during aging, which occurred in a combination of new and used French oak barrels\n