Similarly to the 1996 (also offered currently), at 23+ years of age, this 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon is far from being either senile, old, or tired. In fact, it is only now entering its “full maturity”, a phase that will last for a good decade or more.
The grapes for this batch came from a small section of “Slope 16”, a vineyard site that was known to produce the most delicate, nuanced, refined expression of Cabernet Sauvignon in the whole Renaissance Vineyard. A south-west facing shoulder at 2200 ft elevation, offering the perfect exposure and depth of soil for this grape to mature perfectly (here, in North Yuba, we find that our Cabernet is extremely ‘fussy’ about these aspects).
It is medium bodied, with the famed Renaissance “austere elegance” as I would describe it. What is unique about this specific cuvée is its remarkable elegance and detailed, etherial expression, so very unexpected in a California Cabernet.