1997 Fisher Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard Napa Valley

1997 Fisher Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard Napa Valley

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

95 Points Wine Advocate
93 Points Wine Spectator

Customer Ratings

Based on 1 ratings
If had this wine three times now.

and the third time it was different! Prior tastes indicated a wine that needs time. My only revervations were that the alchohol dominated the black fruit, anise and smoke flavors; and the sweet oak only reinforced the simple sweetness of the alchohol. On each occasion there was plenty of opaque, purple/red color. The third time, after decanting, there was more of that lamb-vineyard olive-flavor (that I crave). There was enough red fruit to keep it interesting, but the balance of fruit impressions was still one of smoky plum and liquorice. Overall the third sample gave an impression of more solid concentration as well as the unique balance of flavors that I've come to expect from this bottling. 96 POINTS. 1-6-2001

Napa Valley 1997

The 1997 vintage was one that had Napa growers smiling from ear to ear. They brought in a large crop of excellent quality, with 144,000 tons harvested compared to an average of 121,000 tons over the preceding decade. The optimum growing conditions over the summer and through the harvest produced wines that are superbly concentrated, dense, rich, and powerful yet balanced.

The growing season got off to an early start with bud break coming a month early in the warm late-winter and spring conditions. The vines seemed to shrug off a little rain that fell in early June. The summer was warm but not too hot, with one heat spike in early August, followed by moderate to cool temperatures, to slow ripening. September conditions were excellent — the grapes had a long period of ripening without any heat spikes, allowing growers to wait to pick at optimum ripeness. It is one of the greatest vintages of the decade, with wines that are firmly in their prime today. They have incredible extract, depth, and structure, with solid, dense fruit centers to match.

Key Dates

February
Early bud break, due to dry spring

June
Unexpected rain had little to no effect

May
Flowering

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