1992 Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus Vineyard

Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Blend and Grape Sources
96% estate-grown Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; 4% estate-grown Manley Lane Merlot.
Harvest Dates
August 28, 1992
Winemaking Data
Grapes were harvested at an average 23.6° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 25 months in 100% new French oak barrels. The wine was bottled in January, 1995.
Winemaker Notes
This steeply-terraced hillside vineyard receives almost ten hours of sunlight per day, directly influencing the ability of the grape crop to ripen and mature. The gravelly, well-drained, rust-red soil further contributes to the unique properties of this rugged site, and brings to mind the French phrase Goût de Terroir or “taste of the soil.” The term refers to the unique, yet subtle, aroma and flavor components of a wine that are specific to the site where the fruit is grown and implies that the terroir itself primarily influences the style of a wine, with winemaking technique playing a supporting role.

Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon consistently demonstrates this “taste of the soil” in its powerful, ripe fruit flavors, round, mouthcoating tannins, and smooth, velvety finish.