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1999 Cabernet Sauvignon - Beckstoffer Vineyard X

BLEND
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

VINEYARDS
Beckstoffer –Vineyard X, Block C

APPELLATION
Oakville, Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

  • Native yeast fermentation with gentle pump-overs
  • 37 days on the skins
  • Bottled unfiltered

BARREL AGING
19 months in French oak Bordeaux chateau ferre barrels

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

RELEASE DATE
September, 2002

BOTTLING DATE
August, 2001

PRODUCTION
450 cases

CELLARING
This wine should develop complexity with five years in the bottle and hold for many years after that.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
This is the first Merryvale-Beckstoffer Vineyards release from Vineyard X, just southwest of Brix Restaurant. Part of the old Vine Hill Ranch, the Cabernet Sauvignon from this outstanding Beckstoffer Vineyard is dedicated exclusively to Merryvale. Opaquely purple, dense and powerful, this is what I am looking for in Cabernet Sauvignon.