1992 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Notes Because of the warm growing season, the finished wine is slightly fuller-bodied than the 1991 vintage, with softer tannins and ripe, smoky flavors of berry and cassis. The long, smooth finish makes it an ideal candidate for current enjoyment, but the wine will continue developing for many years to come.
Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 23.9° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 20 months in 60-gallon French oak (80%) and American oak barrels (20%) before being blended and fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in August 1994.
Vintage Notes Aside from a heat spell during the first two weeks of September, weather conditions during the 1992 growing season were generally favorable. A warm, dry spring provided ideal conditions for bloom and set, and crop yields promised to be high. By removing immature clusters during the ripening period, uniform fruit quality was ensured and grapes were harvested at near-perfect sugar and acid levels.
91 Points - Inside Wine
Heady aromas of oak and raspberry jam. Ripe cherry and strawberry fruit are backed by spicy clove notes and firm tannins. Sweet berry and delicate chocolate notes resonate on a coating finish. (June/July 1995)
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Medium body, acid and fruit. Medium oak. Lots of tannin. Black and blue fruits, mint, cedar. Deep and alluring with an extraordinary range of flavors in a lengthy, mouthfilling structure. (Dec. 1995)
Blend and Grape Sources
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc from estate-owned vineyards and independent growers.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates October 8-28, 1992
Aging/Cooperage 20 months in a combination of 60-gallon French oak (80%) and American oak barrels (20%) before being blended and fined with fresh egg whites, and bottled in August 1994.