Hanna’s 2004 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was
sourced from our Red Ranch in Alexander Valley. Beginning in 2000 we began
replanting 10 of our 17 Cabernet blocks. In 2004 enough of these blocks had
reentered production to enable us to resume production of our Alexander Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon. Represented in those new blocks are two new selections—
clones 6 and 2. All our new plantings are cane pruned, and while harvested by
hand, are potentially machine harvestable.
2004 was an early, warm year that produced a tiny crop. Cabernet yields were just under two tons per acre,
while the Merlot was slightly over two tons per acre. Soaring sugars sent us into a picking frenzy in block 4 on September
6th, which was soon tempered by a cool spell and slower ripening. Our Alexander Valley Cabernet harvest culminated
on October 13th, with four-and-a-half tons from our terraced block 25. We harvested the Cab at an average Brix of
26.4° and the Merlot averaged
Berries and plum with hints of mint
and white pepper aromas. With flavors of cherries and spice, it
has a polished mouthfeel with fine
tannins and perfect acidity.