Our Georges de Latour Cabernet Sauvignon has been widely recognized as the benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon from Rutherford since its inaugural vintage in 1936. Our understanding of terroir comes from more than 100 years of creating rich, classic Napa Valley wines. Our legacy honors the marriage between state-of-the-art technology and gentle, traditional winemaking methods, a combination that enhances the expression of our remarkable vineyards.
The 1991 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful dark ruby color. The aromas of black currant, cherry and toasty oak are especially complex and intense in this vintage. With similar flavors and tremendous depth and richness, this wine will age beautifully for decades and will be one of the great vintages of Georges de Latour.
Extremely low winter temperatures forced the grapevines into true dormancy, granting them a respite from four years of stressful drought conditions. Nearly four times the normal rainfall fell in March counteracting the potentially ill effects of another dry winter. Moderate temperatures throughout the growing season combined with a heavy crop load tended to delay the start of harvest relative to the recent past. The cool summer kept grape acidity high and the long hang time on the vine promoted complete development of aroma, color, and flavor components.
The Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented in open-top tanks which allow for aeration during pump overs. This aeration helps to soften the rough tannins of the young wine. In making the blend, only free run wine was used thus eliminating the harshness of the press wine. The wine was aged for 20 months in a mixture of American and French oak barrels which provides great complexity in this wine. The wine was then aged for 18 months in the bottle prior to release.
|Oak Treatment||50% American & 50% French oak for 20 months|
|Residual Sugars||.15 g/100ml|
|Blend||95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot|