1987 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard
Winemaker Notes A warm growing season culminated in an early harvest with ripe, concentrated fruit. Most of the Cabernet was in by the third week of September, and fruit quality was high. In general, 1987 was a very good vintage, producing full-bodied wines with ripe fruit flavors and firm tannins.
Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 23.0° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, and aged 17 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in late August 1989.
92-95 Points - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Really stood our in my tasting. Very dense dark ruby in color, this wine has a full intensity bouquet of chocolate, mint and ripe plums. It is wonderfully full and lush on the palate with considerable length and 10-15 years of aging potential. (Apr. 1989)
Blend and Grape Sources 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Merlot from independent growers.
Appellation Oakville & St. Helena, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates August 27-28, 1987
Aging/Cooperage 17 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in late August 1989.