The crush of 1997 came fast and furious. Early budbreak made for an earlier than usual harvest and the warm ripening season provided a good size crop at full ripeness. The ripening lots extracted color as soon as they were crushed and actually stained the stainless steel! In the barrel they immediately displayed uncommon depth and extract.

The aromas of this 100% varietal Cabernet Sauvignon show very ripe berry, currant and cedar elements. Huge on the palate, the mouthfilling flavors resolve in a finish that literally lasts for minutes. Soft tannins provide the grip necessary for long and elegant bottle aging. This Cabernet is enjoyable in its youth but should improve for more than 10 years.

Appellation: Napa Valley
Vintage: 1997
Harvest: November 1997
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: Select French Oak
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 14.1%
Bottling: July 1999
Production: 3830 cases
Release Date: September 1999


  • Taster's Guild & Wine Lovers International Competition: 1999
    Rating: Double Gold
  • The Wine Advocate: August 27, 1999 Issue 24 page 43/44
    Rating: 91-93

    The Opaque black/purple colored 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon (3,472 cases) offers sensational notes of black currants, minerals, smoke, licorice, and new oak. Full-bodied, with fabulous extract and power, the acidity, tannin, and potentially harsh components are well-meshed with the wine's personality. This is a large, ripe, impeccably balanced Cabernet Sauvignon that achieved 14.1% alcohol naturally. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020.

  • Wine & Spirits: December 1999 page 92
    Rating: 92

    Plum, currant and raisin flavors show the ripeness of the vintage, but they go deeper, delivering a complete wine, rounded and impressively formed. It maintains focus and equilibrium even as the sunny Napa Valley ripeness melts the tannin to plush, pillowy softness. Completely seductive, vibrant and youthfully blue. 3,800 cases made.

  • Wine Spectator: January 31, 1999 page 56
    Rating: 94

    Listed among California's Top Picks for Cabernet Sauvignon.