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Vintage 1996 began early in the Napa Valley with a wetter than normal winter, an early bud break, and ended with some very hot late-summer temperatures. High in the eastern mountains, at JARVIS, the cool breezes from the Bay Area helped to moderate these high summer temperatures giving us a nearly perfect year for Cabernet Sauvignon. Dimitri Tchelistcheff, our winemaker, was keeping constant watch on the vineyards as brix levels all seemed to peak at once making 1996 the quickest Cabernet Sauvignon harvest in JARVIS history. Yields for this great vintage were slightly lower than average for us. The 1996 JARVIS Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Barrel aged in new French oak barrels for 2 years, the intense berry richness of this wine is complimented by a beautiful toasty aroma. The rich concentrated fruit of this spectacular wine shows incredible elegance in its long finish. Just after fermentation this wine received an extended period of skin contact, which moderated the tannin so as to make this wine very drinkable now, and with proper cellaring, this wine will continue to develop beautifully for the next 15 years.
Alcohol: 14% by volume
The Jarvis Estate vineyards are located in the rugged hillside, four miles east of downtown Napa Valley. Its winemaking facility is entirely contained within 45,000 square feet of cave tunneled into the scenic Vaca Mountains; it is not only a visual masterpiece, but a technical masterpiece as well. Wines are produced only from estate grown grapes and are cave-aged on 100% new French oak prior to release.
It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...Read More About Napa Valley
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...Read More About Cabernet Sauvignon
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