1974 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

Better than 95% of the grapes for this Cabernet came from two vineyards in the Alexander Valley. The weather was ideal with a prolonged Indian Summer, and the fruit arrived at the Chateau in perfect condition. Realizing the potential for an exceptional vintage, we decided to go for maximum flavor extraction from the grapes. This was accomplished by allowing half the crush to ferment to dryness on the skins, and then leaving the skins in contact with the newly fermented wine for an additional couple of days. Extensive aging was required to bring out all the complexities this dark, tannic wine had to offer, so it was laid to rest for two full years in French and American oak barrels.

A well-balanced cab that still has lots of life. Fresh fruit on the nose and the palate. Garnet color and aromas of black currant. It's balanced and has flavours of tobacco, black currant, raisin and black pepper with a medium/full body. Smooth texture with a medium finish.

Robb Boyd, CellarMaster Member, April 2012
vintage weather

Temperate Consistent. Cool spring with a touch of frost. Long, cool summer. Ideal ripening conditions during crush. Excellent, well-balanced fruit. A memorable vintage.

tasting notes

Bottled in May, 1977 it is now showing its full potential having a full nose, intense flavors, and a long, rich finish.

Harvest Date October 10 – 29
Sugar At Harvest 24° brix
Bottling Date May & June 1977
Release Date June, 1980
Cases Produced 6,000
Alcohol 13.2%