Maboroshi Wine & Vineyards

Simon Levi Cellars Cuttings Wharf Maboroshi Pour La Vie



Napa Valley
Spring Mountain

Varietal Composition
93% Cab Sauvignon
7% Merlot

Barrel Aging
22 months
100% New French Oak

Release Date
February 2005

Harvest Date

Sugar at Harvest
25.7° Brix
pH 3.81
TA 5.81 g/L
Alcohol 14.2%

Case Production
300 cases



The 2002 vintage on Spring Mountain high above Napa Valley was marked with warm days and cool nights through mid September. These ideal conditions led to more complexity and excellent balance and ripeness in the grapes. Once harvested and after a 4-day cold soak of the whole berries, the juice went through fermentation naturally. Upon completion, the wine was then placed in 100% new French oak barrels for the secondary, malolactic fermentation to mellow the acidity.

This is a true Cabernet, full, ripe and rich without overpowering tannins. Well balanced and food friendly, this wine is rich in aromas and flavors of blackberry, cassis and nuances of chocolate. A long finish guarantees age ability. This wine is almost too good to hold, but if you have the ability, keep for 7-10 years.


We see roasted duck drizzled with a sauce reduction of blackberries or other hearty red meat dishes pairing well with this wine. Another favorite is well-aged, nutty Jarlsberg or a soft ripened Camembert cheese to accompany this Cab.

Maboroshi Merlot Tasting Notes





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