1999 Crucible

This is “real wine” with incredibly dense, melted tannins. Its two-ton harvest was the entire focus of our winemaking consulting team for the ’99 harvest. Picked on November 1st at the peak of phenolic ripeness, these small berries yielded very low volumes of intensely tannic juice packed with blueberry aromas.

The enormous dimensions of this pure Cabernet Sauvignon enabled 34 months in élevage, including extensive microbullage, to layer the structure and integrate its complex flavors Rich blueberries typical to the cool regions surrounding the town of Napa are supported by massive but refined tannins which should gain depth for several decades.

Matt Kramer, eat your heart out!