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1986 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes The 1986 vintage is considered by many to be the third in a series of outstanding years for California Cabernet Sauvignon, despite the fact that the harvest was uninterrupted twice in September by heavy rains. Those grapes which ripened in October, however, yielded an excellent crop, and we find our own blend from that year slightly softer and more approachable than its predecessors, with cherry-like aromas and flavors suggesting chocolate and spice.

Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 23.0° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, and aged 1 year in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in late August 1988.

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Blend and Grape Sources 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Merlot from estate-owned vineyards and independent growers.

Appellation Napa Valley

Harvest Dates Mid September - October, 1986

Aging/Cooperage 1 year in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in late August 1988.


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