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Lot #91. Ridge Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard 1971

Description: Consists of 1 Bottle, 0.75L

"We looked around and in 1971 Milt Eisele offered us the grapes from his small parcel of vines near Calistoga.  At 25° Brix the grapes were riper than anything we had yet harvested in our cool region.  I fermented them in small, one ton fermentors with the cap held submerged by a grid.  To make sure the wine would be full and intense, I did not press until the biblical “40 days and 40 nights” had passed and the caps had fallen to the bottom of the fermentors.  The wine was very structured but with time it integrated fully and has shown beautifully over the years." - Longtime winemaker Paul Draper, 4488 A Ridge Blog, 2 May 2009
Score: 94 RP.
"The Eiseles approached Paul Draper, winemaker at Ridge Vineyards, who produced the first Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon in 1971. This landmark wine, one of the first vineyard designated Cabernets in California, is gracious and beautiful after more than three decades in the bottle, and is considered by many to be one of the finest wines ever produced in the Napa Valley." Wine Advocate #89, Oct 1993
Provenance: The Calistoga Cache
Notes: Base neck, slightly recessed cork, scuffed and bin soiled label.
Lot Location: Orange County
Estimate: $1,000

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