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1983 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard

Winemaker Notes Vines planted on western-facing slopes in the Napa Valley receive up to ten hours of sunlight per day during the growing season and are consequently prone to ripening both earlier and faster than normal. Timing is critical in harvesting these grapes and we've found that in the Backus Vineyard - located on a steeply terraced hillside facing almost due west - the margin for error is often only a matter of hours. If picked too soon, the grapes lack flavor; too late and they can become over-ripe.

Timing with the 1983 harvest was near-perfect, and while our current release has the soft tannins of earlier versions, its extraordinary depth and intensity of flavor is unique to the vintage. We can identify at least 3 distinct aromas in the wine - chocolate, mint and cedar - and consider it our most successful offering from this vineyard to date.

Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 24.5° Brix, fermented in stainless steel, and aged 16 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in July 1985.

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Blend and Grape Sources 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot from independent growers.

Appellation Oakville, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates September 14, 1983

Aging/Cooperage 16 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in
July 1985.