The 2004 vintage produced a crop of solid, dense, ripe Cabernets with plenty of power, richness, and longevity. It was an early harvest that was compact and proceeded at a rapid pace, with most growers finished by the end of September.
The season got off to a fast start, with bloom almost a month earlier than the recent average. It stayed early right through veraison, and as harvest approached and sugars raced, there was concern whether there would be enough hang-time for physiological ripeness to develop before the acids fell. The heat moderated just enough for growers to hang on while flavors developed and the resulting wines have depth, power, and richness. Hillside and mountain fruit fared very well.
Overall an excellent vintage that yielded superb, full-bodied, ripe, and powerful wines that are built to last.
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About Havens Wine Cellars
Prior to selling his winery, Michael Havens made Merlot in a distinctly Bordeaux style, with a restrained sweetness and notes of lead pencil, minerals, game and tobacco leaf. He was also a pioneer of California Syrah in a distinctly northern Rhone style, typically showing notes of dark fruits, black pepper and gunflint. Alas, these sophisticated wines are now a thing of the past. In September 2009, Billington Imports, who purchased the winery in 2006, went under. All of Billington's assets, including Havens Wine Cellars, were auctioned off, but the brand continues to be made.