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1988 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes The wine offers a bouquet of cassis and cherry, with Cabernet Franc component giving a hint of tobacco leaf. While approachable now, it will most likely reward those patient enough to cellar it for a few more years.

Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 23.1° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, and aged 16 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in September 1990.

Vintage Notes The 1988 growing season was a curious one, with warm weather causing early bud break, a spring hail storm reducing the cluster count during 'set', and overall crop yields that were down about 20%. The good news is that the smaller berries and reduced crop resulted in more intense fruit flavors.

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Blend and Grape Sources 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc from estate-owned vineyards and independent growers.

Appellation Napa Valley

Harvest Dates September 4-27, 1988

Aging/Cooperage 16 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended and bottled in late August 1991.