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1988 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard

Winemaker Notes The Backus Vineyard, located on a steeply-terraced hillside just north of the Oakville Crossroad and Silverado Trail intersection, consists of gravelly, clay-rich soil that is high in iron, giving the vineyard a distinctive, bright rust color. Because of its unique soil qualities, drainage and exposure, this vineyard produces some of the most outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley. Rich, rip, extractive chocolate-berry fruit flavors are the hallmarks of these grapes, and in addition, our current offering has a lovely, complex bouquet of cherry, chocolate and oak.

Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 22.9° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, and aged 16 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended and bottled on August 20, 1990.

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Blend and Grape Sources 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot from estate-owned vineyards.

Appellation Oakville & Rutherford, Napa Valley

Harvest Dates September 7, 1989

Aging/Cooperage 16 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended and bottled on June 7, 1991.


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