1990 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard
Winemaker Notes The unique qualities of the Backus Vineyard - and of the Cabernet Sauvignon grown there - are attributable to a number of factors which are specific to this rugged site. Its western-facing slope received up to ten hours of sunlight per day, contributing to the crop's ability to ripen and mature; the gravelly, steeply-terraced earth provides excellent drainage, and the high iron content of the vineyard is responsible for its striking, brick-red soil. The effect of all this on the wine is dramatic. The fruit is riper, flavors are stronger, and tannins are powerful and elegant without being biting or harsh. It is perhaps the quality of tannins that really sets this vineyard apart, and the 1990 bottling, while full of chocolate, mint and berry flavors we associate with Backus fruit, contains the distinctively soft tannins that make this wine a favorite of both collector and consumer alike.
Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 24.2° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 15 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended and bottled in July 1992.
90 Points - Wine & Spirits
High mint component introduces this big boy. Extracted and dense, the tight palate shows layers of berry fruit along with a full structure of tannin for aging. (Feb. 1994)
Blend and Grape Sources 95% Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon from and 5% Merlot from estate-owned vineyards.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates November 8-9, 1990
Aging/Cooperage 15 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended and bottled in July 1992.