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Dyer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Dyer Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details

Description: The 2002 growing season was quite friendly to Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley, and the vintage is being held in high regard. It began with a warm and dry Spring (there was no rain at all in April!) leading to an early bud break, with the lack of soil moisture ultimately resulting in small berries and low yields. The crop on our vineyard was lowered even further when a freak, late season frost on April 28 damaged some of the tender shoots. An inch and a half of rain in early May was well timed, giving the vines a drink during the period of shoot growth, but arriving before flowering and fruit set, when wet conditions can interfere with the pollination. The summer was mild, with warm days and cool nights providing ideal growing conditions. Warm weather near the end of September hastened the ripening and we picked on the 29th. The yield was a scant 1.4 tons per acre.

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.


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