1999 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Notes Compared to some of the previous vintages, anxiety levels were mild as the 1999 harvest approached and we observed grapes ripening slowly under moderate weather conditions. Although it was initially predicted that the strength of the vintage would be in white varietals, 1999 is proving to be one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon vintages in the last 10 years. Concentrated ripe sweet fruit is complemented by roasted red and black fruit flavors and a smoky component. This powerful wine will continue to evolve for many years.
Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 24.8° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 20 months in a combination of two-year-old French oak barrels (80%) and new American oak (20%) before being blended and bottled in July 2001.
Vintage Notes Although 1999 was characterized by cool temperatures through much of the growing season, fortunately, there was no rain, and fruit was able to ripen and mature beginning with a warming trend in mid-July. While picking was two to three weeks behind normal and crop yields were down 20-25% (due to poor set during spring), the harvest yielded small bunches of highly extractive fruit which contained good color, flavor and acid levels.
92 Points - Wine Spectator
A rich, deftly balanced style, loaded with complex earthy currant, black cherry, anise, coffee and mocha flavors that are sharply focused. Long and concentrated on the finish, with a leathery streak working its way in. (Dec. 2002)
88 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright ruby. Roasted, smoky aromas of blackcurrant and coffee. Sweeter and more layered than the '99 Merlot, with more nuanced black fruit and mineral flavors. Firm acids and tannins give this fairly dense wine a solid underlying backbone. (May/June 2002)
88 Points - The Wine Enthusiast
Impeccably structures. has brilliant Napa tannins that are as finely knit as a medieval tapestry, and a bit of a scour from acidity. Oak adds gentle complexities. (June 2002)
91 Points - The Wine News
Deep purple hue. Complex aromas of rich, ripe blueberry, plum and black cherry, and earthy scents of leather, mint and maple. Nicely contrasting flavors of mixed berries, claret-like leather, dust and tea. Well-balanced notes of cedar, acidity and sweet tannins frame the close. (June/July 2002)
89 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
Ripe, reasonably rich and showing an attractive mix of currants, red cherries and sweet loam in its full, heady aroma, the wine is supple at entry and only nominally tannic as it crosses the palate. It reprises its curranty and ripe cherry first impression in its medium-density flavors and ends with likeable fruit reaching gently into the finish. (Apr. 2002)
Blend and Grape Sources 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot from estate-owned vineyards and independent growers.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates October 1-23, 1999
Aging/Cooperage 20 months in a combination of two-year-old French oak barrels (80%) and new American oak (20%) before being blended and bottled in July 2001.