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Schweiger Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    From vineyards planted high up on Spring Mountain, this boutique winery is making some of the most unique and delicious wines in Napa. If you're a fan of Pride Cabernet, try a bottle of this elixer.

    1999 was a fantastic growing year, in which careful viticultural techniques yielded great rewards. A late harvest enabled a long hang time, which allowed the fruit to develop extremely complex flavors and aromas. The color is deep and inky. The nose is intensely layered, led by blackberry, currant, pomegranate, and plum. Subtle layers of tar, smoke, cigar box/cedar, and well-integrated oak further complement the aroma. Careful tannin management has blessed this wine with a full and velvety structure. The sweet supple entry crescendos into a deeply intense middle. The fruit characters from the nose fill the mouth as the tannins build and combine to create a lingering finish.

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    Schweiger Vineyards, Napa Valley, California
    1999 Cabernet Sauvignon
    The Schweiger Vineyards property was purchased by Fred Schweiger in 1960. During the early years, the Schweiger family enjoyed its 54 acre Spring Mountain property as a private Christmas tree forest and for planting pear and prune trees as an agricultural endeavor.

    Situated at an elevation of 2,000 feet with rich volcanic soil and a unique microclimate, the Schweiger family realized the potential for successful wine production. The laboring process to clear the heavily forested property began in 1979.

    During the two years of clearing, old redwood hand-split stakes were discovered spaced a meter by a meter, reaffirming the stories that the area was once a prime viticultural area in the 1880's. With a "hands on" approach, the Schweiger family laid out and planted the 34 acres of Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1981.

    Schweiger Vineyards was successful from the beginning with the first harvest in 1984 bringing great demand for grape contracts from Cafaro Cellars, Stags' Leap Winery, ZD, and other highly esteemed wineries. In 1994, Schweiger Vineyards received its bonded winery permit and kicked off their first release of Chardonnay in the fall of 1995. This was followed a year later with the release of the 1994 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

    Schweiger Vineyards is a family operation, with each family member contributing different areas of expertise in the winemaking process. The family prides itself on growing, producing, and bottling their handmade estate wine with extreme measures of care.

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    The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

    SHVCAB99_1999 Item# 56363

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