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2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard

Winemaker Notes Beautiful aromatics of dried flowers, cassis, blueberry, black cherry and licorice set the stage for the opulent palate of the 2008 Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Flawless texture, minerality and concentrated flavors create a balanced and intense long finish.

Winemaking Data The Backus Vineyard grapes were hand-picked during early morning cool temperatures at an average 24.5° Brix and hand sorted. Grapes received 5 days of cold soaking in stainless steel tanks before fermentation followed by extended maceration for up to 48 days, adding deeper color and full mouth feel to the young, concentrated wine prior to aging for 24 months in new French oak produced by Taransaud, Marcel Cadet and Darnajou. Each barrel was carefully selected to highlight the unique characteristics throughout the Backus Vineyard. The wine was bottled in January 2011.

Vintage Notes The 2008 growing season started out with lower than normal rainfall for the second year in a row and the longest cold and frosty spring recorded since 1971.

May brought unusually high temperatures in the midst of bloom during the latter part of the month. Such drastic weather changes lead to imbalances in the vine, especially at this important time in the life cycle, prompting flower fertilization to cease prematurely in some Cabernet Sauvignon clones. Surprisingly, this was a blessing in disguise leading to looser and lighter cluster formation. This natural thinning allowed adequate airflow within the clusters during maturation and also nicely balanced out the crop load on each vine.

June, July and August had consistently warm temperatures that led to even and healthy vine development.

The overall heat accumulation for September and October was much higher than our nineteen year average by 7 - 17 percent respectively. We began picking Cabernet Sauvignon in our Backus Vineyard on September 8th and concluded harvest on October 24th in our St. Helena Ranch Vineyard. Overall the 2008 vintage yielded high quality tannins resulting in age-worthy Cabernets.

Reviews 97 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus is a beautifully delineated wine endowed with tons of personality and sheer class. The wine comes alive in the glass, with crushed rose petals, dark raspberry jam, licorice and spices. There is an exotic element to the fruit that is highly appealing. Today the tannins are quite firm, suggesting the wine needs at least a few more years in the cellar. (Dec. 2011)

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Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon from our Backus Vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley.

Appellation Oakville, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates September 8-13, 2008

Aging/Cooperage 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels from coopers Taransaud, Marcel Cadet and Darnajo.