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1977 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes The 1981 before the live televisions cameras of NBC, a prestigious blind tasting was held in London with 10 California Cabernets and 10 Bordeaux, and the Phelps' 1977 came in second. The concentrated ripe berry and mint-like flavors were intriguing then, and are even more delicious now. This wine has always generated a lot of interest and is one of the stand-outs of the vintage.

Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 24.1° Brix and aged 12 months in mid-size oak ovals and 12 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended and bottled in September 1979.

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Blend and Grape Sources 92.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7.5% Merlot from estate-owned vineyards and independent growers.

Appellation Napa Valley

Harvest Dates Mid October 1977

Aging/Cooperage 12 months in mid-size oak ovals and 12 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended and bottled in September 1979.