1988 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Retail Price: $200.00
Wine Club Price: $160.00
Deep ruby color, distinct Cabernet varietal aroma, slight green herbal notes, bottle bouquet, very full body and flavor. Broad and ample tannins. Rich flavor, balanced finish.
The 1988 Vintage
The grapes were from the Spring Mountain District grown on what was then the new vineyard around the large Victorian, Miravalle. The wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a small percent of Merlot. Fermented fully on the skins, aged in seasoned French oak barrels for 22 months. A hot growing season where grapes were early ripening.
Spring Mountain Vineyard
Originally four individual historic Napa Valley properties, Miravalle, La Perla, Alba, and Chevalier have now been combined to create an 850 acre estate of forest and vineyard on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain overlooking the small town of Saint Helena. Over 225 acres of the estate are planted to vine, creating 135 separate hillside vineyard blocks each with its own unique soil, exposure, and microclimate. The vineyard is planted in densities of 4,000 vines per acre and trained to the ancient gobelet form, a vertical trellising method that was invented in an earlier millennium by the Romans.