1993 Cabernet Sauvignon
Blend and Grape Sources
100% Napa Valley Cabernet, with more than 50% of the blend coming from our Las Rocas vineyard in the Stags Leap District and Banca Dorada vineyard on Manley Lane in the Rutherford Bench. Other grape sources include vineyards near St. Helena, Oakville and Rutherford, as well as from Diamond Mountain outside of Calistoga.
September 3 - 30, 1993
Grapes were harvested from September 3 - 30, 1993 at an average 23.8 degrees Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 22 months in 60-gallon French oak (75%) and American oak barrels (25%), before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in July, 1995.
The 1993 vintage was characterized by a long, slow growing season that culminated with a heat spell at the end of August. Vineyards that were able to withstand the heat saw cooler temperatures return by the first week in September, and acid balance, flavors and tannins were greatly improved in fruit that received the additional "hang time." Because the harvested berries were smaller than normal, grape yields were down, but flavors were concentrated and intense.