Harvest kicked off in Knights Valley with the Merlot, and finished with Cabernet Franc from Alexander Mountain Estate. This season was a bit drier than average; the spring was mild and the summer was warmer than in 2001 but with the influence of the Pacific Ocean which brings cool nights. The 2002s are drinking beautifully and will continue to evolve beautifully. Harvest took place September 9th through September 23rd. – Pierre Seillan, Vigneron
The 2002 La Muse is a marvel of complex fruit and savory notes harmoniously intermingling. The color is a dark ruby with just a touch of garnet around the rim. The wine possesses incredibly fresh acidity, with a moderate level of silky, fine-textured tannin. Intense notes of raspberry coulis, pomegranate, Bing cherry, redcurrant, leather, dried porcini, forest floor, sweet tobacco leaf, truffle, and a touch of black olive tapenade combine for a beautifully complex wine. Tasted directly from the bottle prior to decanting, the 2002 La Muse is quite savory, with the fruit emerging and fleshing out around the forty-five-minute mark in the decanter. The delicacy and tannin structure of this wine will allow ten to twenty years of aging. – November 2017
7.2% Cabernet Franc
Classically Californian in its exuberant, flamboyant, super-rich, unctuously textured style, the tannins are softer than in the 2001, but the wine unquestionably has the potential to last for another quarter of a century. It exhibits an opaque plum/purple color along with abundant notes of cassis, licorice, graphite, coffee cake and spice box. More approachable than the 2001, the 2002 will offer phenomenal drinking over the next 25 years.