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1987 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes The 1987 vintage was characterized by reduced crop yields at harvest, and our production of Cabernet Sauvignon was the lowest since the drought year of 1976. Quality is high, however, and this current offering contains subtle, earthy flavors that remind us of dried bay leaves and mint - probably from the Merlot component - along with the smoothness and concentration we've come to expect from our Stag's Leap fruit. The wine is among the best Cabernet Sauvignons we've tasted from this challenging vintage.

Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 22.7° 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 1989.

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Blend and Grape Sources 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc from estate-owned vineyards and independent growers.

Appellation Napa Valley

Harvest Dates September 4 - October 9, 1987

Aging/Cooperage 18 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in late August 1989.


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