Maboroshi Wine & Vineyards

Simon Levi Cellars Cuttings Wharf Maboroshi Pour La Vie



Napa Valley

Varietal Composition
94% Merlot,
5% Cabernet Franc
1% Petite Verdot

Barrel Aging
16 months
100% New French Oak

Release Date
February 2004

Harvest Date

Sugar at Harvest
25.8° Brix
pH 3.78
TA 5.85 g/L
Alcohol 14.2%

Case Production
300 cases



The 2001 vintage saw nearly perfect growing conditions from July to September. This allowed the tannins to ripen to perfection and the acidities to drop achieving an excellent balance and maturity in the grapes. The grapes were hand picked and sorted keeping only the finest and ripest clusters. After a cold soak of the whole berries, the juice then went through fermentation naturally or with the help of indigenous yeasts. Upon completion, the wine was then placed in 100% new French oak barrels for the secondary, malolactic fermentation. Only minimal handling occurred during the rackings enabling the wine to gently age and bottled unfiltered to retain its rich flavors in April 2003.

It is an elegant and well-balanced wine that exhibits rich aromas and flavors of rich blackberry and black cherry integrated with a hint of cocoa. A lingering finish makes this Merlot approachable now, but will continue to show well for at least the next 5-10 years.


This wine has the affinity for leg of lamb, filet mignon, or venison braised and drenched in a rich sauce. Will match well with a decadent dessert such as dark chocolate mousse.

Maboroshi Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting Notes





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