2004 Selene Dead Fred Cabernet Sauvignon

Hello from Selene!

We are releasing the 2004 Dead Fred Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.  This is Selene’s first vineyard designate Cabernet Sauvignon to date, and only 93 cases were produced.

I wish I could see your face when you first come upon the name “Dead Fred Vineyard.”  It always makes me smile.  The beloved cat of vineyard owners David Goldman and Lisa Cort, Fred found his final resting place beneath the blue oak grove that borders his namesake vineyard, which is located in the Coombsville area of Napa.  Just under three acres are planted on soils that range from sandy loam to gravelly and even cobbly loams, with two clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. 

In 2004 I started wearing shorts on a regular basis in February.  It was warm, it was early, and it was good, especially in relatively cooler growing regions of Napa like Coombsville.  The crop was quite light in general but especially at Dead Fred, where we harvested a little under two tons – for the entire vineyard.

Here are my tasting notes:

Aromas begin with syrup-like blueberry notes and floral character; there is also raspberry, mocha, molasses, hazelnut and pecan, and a hint of tarragon and sandalwood.  The impact and intensity of flavor in the mouth is exceptional.  The texture is powerful and rich and the flavor lasts long after the first taste.

In other news at Selene, we are now licensed to ship direct to Colorado residents!

We are also participating in two upcoming events.  First, we will be at the Wine Spectator’s California Wine Experience at the San Francisco Marriott on October 19th and 20th for the Grand Tastings, and our Sauvignon Blanc will be one of the wines featured at the Luncheon on the 21st.  For the second event, Selene is the Winery of the Week at COPIA, in Napa from November 25th to December 1st.  Both of these events are a great chance to taste Selene Wines.  (You can find links to these events on the Selene Wines Home Page.)


Mia Klein