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July 2008

The wine of the month for is a new one for us, Honig 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon. This is actually the first time we have tried Honig wines and we are quite pleased. The real question remains why did we never try Honig before? I’ve seen them in reviews and on the shelf and I am really unsure why I never picked up a bottle before now. We were so impressed with the Cabernet, we are anxious to try the Sauvignon Blanc. The 04 Cab is 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. The fruit for this wine comes from both the family vineyards, one in Rutherford where the winery is located and another in Napa. The wines were pressed off the skins 10-23 days from harvest and then aged for 18 months.
The Honig Family started in the business back in the early 1960′s when Grandfather Louis Honig bought an old Rutherford Ranch in the heart of Napa Valley with a dream to make wine. The family honors the Grandfather with each wine they make and hope to evoke the vision he once had. The winery focuses exclusively on making Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon so they can craft wines with uncommon complexity. I agree they are doing something right. I would highly recommend the Cabernet Sauvignon to anyone who has never tried Honig before. While you are at it, I would go ahead and pick up the Sauvignon Blanc as well, I have no doubt it will be outstanding!

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