San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

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Miramont Estate Vineyards competes with 3,200 wines and wins three awards in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition: A silver medal for our Reserve and 2 Bronzes for our Cab Sauvs.

Miramont Releases 2002 Celestial Cabernet Sauvignon

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After aging for over 18 months, and racking up a few awards, the 2002 Celestial Cabernet Sauvignon produced by Miramont Estate Vineyards & Winery is officially released to the market. We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we have enjoyed making it!

Score!!

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2002 Celestial Cabernet Sauvignon scores 85 in the California-Australia Shootout 2004 Wine Competiton.

2004 Harvest

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How would I describe this grape growing season? Unseasonable. And that could be a very good thing.

The season began with unusually dry heat in April and early May of 2004. By June, the weather became unseasonably cool due to a large coastal inflow of air off the Pacific Ocean. Highs were in the low to mid 80s with nightly lows in the low 50s. The crop weight is difficult to judge because of tremendous variability in the berry clusters from vine to vine, which is a common challenge among many vineyards this year. This is the result of a cold spring in April 2003 – when the buds were formed that then developed into canes (slender woody stems) in 2004 – and the unseasonably cool weather in 2004 during bloom.

With that said, a light crop usually means a more concentrated flavor and higher quality in the grapes. Some speculate that the consistent inland coastal breeze will further enhance flavor development this year. As the vineyard is now in its fifth producing year – with a history of ever-improving grape quality – we think this year’s grapes could be a blockbuster wine in a couple of years.

Grapes 8-2-04

Vineyard-House in Background 8-02-04

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