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1991 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes In December 1993, "Wine Spectator", James Laube described the vintage as "tremendous" for Cabernet Sauvignon, producing "ripe, rich complex wines", and our 1991 blend certainly bears this out. The slow ripening of the grapes provided near-perfect sugar and acid levels at harvest, and the wine is concentrated and well-balanced with rich, luscious flavors of berry and cassis. We think it's one of our best.

Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 23.3° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 18 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in mid-August 1993.

Vintage Notes The "Miracle March" of 1991 brought 17 inches of rain to the Napa Valley, alleviating 5 years of drought conditions that had reduced the water table to dangerously low levels. The effect of so much rainfall on the grape was dramatic. Wines remained dormant longer, bloom and set periods were delayed, and an unusually cool summer led to a late harvest.

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Blend and Grape Sources 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from estate-owned vineyards and independent growers.

Appellation Napa Valley

Harvest Dates September 27 - October 4, 1991

Aging/Cooperage 18 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels before being blended, fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in mid-Auguest 1993.