1999 Ladera Lone Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon
92 Points - Wine Spectator
The 1999 Ladera Lone Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon was grown exclusively on the Ladera Lone Canyon Vineyard. This 80-acre vineyard is located in the western hills above the town of Yountville. The site is moderate in slope to very steep and is situated at elevations up to 1,100 feet above sea level. The vines were planted in the mid 1980's, on St George rootstock. The clones used are not exactly known, but the budwood was taken from vineyards in Oakville and is probably clone 7. This vineyard is relatively cool, primarily because of its elevation, but also due to its southerly location in Napa Valley. The vines are naturally balanced and yields range from 1.5 to less than 3 tons per acre. The soils are very well drained, moderately deep, clay loam soils.
The 1999 vintage was one of the best in the decade for Napa Valley. The growing season was textbook--moderate temperatures throughout the year with a long, slow ripening and no early rains. There was a short warm period at harvest that gave the vines an extra push to take the grapes to complete maturity. Ripening was even with consistent maturity throughout the vineyard.
Winemaking and Tasting Notes:
The harvest for Lone Canyon Cabernet started on October 2nd and finished on October 18th. The grapes were fermented with a variety of commercial wine yeasts and the fermentation lasted 7 to 10 days. The wine was drained from the skins at dryness and pressed into several press fractions, depending on taste. The wine was barrel aged for 22 months in new (58%) and 1 to 3 year old (42%) French oak barrels. The wine was bottled August 14, 2001. (587 cases, 750 mL; 20 cases, 1.5L; 8 bottles, 3L; 6 bottle, 6L).
The 1999 Ladera Lone Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon combines the superb 1999 vintage and the excellent location of the Lone Canyon Vineyard to produce a wine with all of the richness and elegance of a top Napa Valley Cabernet. The aroma is very concentrated with the characteristic bramble fruits—blackberry, black-raspberry and black cherry along with anise and herbal hints. The palette is very rich with well-balanced tannins, and a long finish with wonderful depth of flavors. This is truly a classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
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