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1985 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes Napa Valley experienced a textbook harvest in 1985, with cool temperatures and slow, steady ripening of the grapes combining to yield near-ideal sugar-acid levels. Even the most conservative reviewers agree that it was a banner year, and our current offering has the concentrated fruit flavors and superb balance so typical of the vintage. It's delicious now and will become even more so with age.

Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 22.4° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, and aged 18 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in late August 1987.

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Blend and Grape Sources 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Merlot from estate-owned vineyards and independent growers.

Appellation Napa Valley

Harvest Dates September 23, 1985

Aging/Cooperage 18 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in late August 1987.


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