Michel-Schlumberger Cabernet Sauvignon 1997

Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California

$64.99
Item No. 9040
  • red wine
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Winemaker's Notes

Warm weather conditions caused spring to start alarmingly early in 1997. We had barely finished pruning the vines when the leaves came roaring out to meet the sun. It was just as well because the summer temperatures were very cool, requiring more than 120 days (bloom to harvest) to ripen the fruit fully. This is in the expected range for the best vintages, allowing the color and tannin to fully mature and the fruit flavors to fully develop. Once again, nature and our unique hillside vineyards have conspired to produce extraordinary grapes with distinct Michel-Schlumberger qualities.

Not since 1994 have we seen wines like this -- with remarkable intensity of fruit accompanied by profound weight in the mouth. The vineyard's hallmark ripe blackberry and cherry aromas are well complemented by the suggestion of exotic, aromatic spices. On the palate, it is astonishing in its texture as layer after layer of flavor linger -- a real mouthful of wine. This is a remarkable Cabernet from an outstanding vintage and a joy to pull from your cellar on any occasion.

Learn About Michel-Schlumberger

Established in 1979, the benchland vineyards of Michel-Schlumberger overlook Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley. Influenced by his family's four hundred years of grape growing and winemaking in Alsace, owner Jacques Schlumberger is committed to producing small lots of fine wine imprinted with the property's distinct terroir.Winemaker Fred Payne applies the highest standards to...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(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,...

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