The grapes were picked at 23.5° brix, with a pH of 3.45, and 7.0grams per liter titratable acidity. The finished wine has a pH of 3.4, titratable acidity of 6.0 grams per liter, and 12.8% alcohol.
Release Date: Fall 1988
This excellent Cabernet Sauvignon vintage was stressed by drought and accelerated by warmth. An early harvest yielded a wine of a tight, tannic and reticient nature. After two years of aging in new bordelaise barrels, the ’84 was still quite compact. However, the past two years in bottle have served to sculpt the firm tannin-acid structure and reveal a beautiful spicy core of blackberry and cassis fruit.
Late-blossoming by recent standards, this vintage is definitely a keeper and promises great development over the next ten years. Stylistically, this wine reminds me of our ’81 yet it seems to have an extra dimension of richness and concentration.