1999 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard
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100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate-grown Backus Vineyard in Oakville.
October 8, 1999
Grapes were harvested at an average 25.0° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 26 months in new French oak barrels before being bottled in January, 2002.
Cool temperatures characterized much of the 1999 growing season with harvest running two to three weeks later than normal. Warm weather in late September accelerated the ripening process, and the extended season resulted in darkly pigmented fruit, intense flavors, and balanced natural acidity, all of which contributed to an outstanding crop in the Backus Vineyard. The wine itself is opulent and multi-layered, with great depth of color and super-ripe aromas of black fruits and mocha. An impressive concentration of sweet tannins frames a noteworthy finish and contributes to a degree of ageability that rivals the best of the 90's.