1998 Cabernet Sauvignon
Blend and Grape Sources
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot. 100% Napa Valley.
Grapes were harvested from October 17 - 30, 1998 at an average 23.8° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 20 months in a combination of new and two-year-old French oak barrels before being blended and bottled in June, 2000.
After dealing with the formidable growing conditions of the 1998 vintage, I am happy to report that success, through careful selection, was achieved. The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon is developing into a beautifully proportioned wine offering blackberry, roast coffee and chocolate aromas, and layered fruit flavors with supportive tannins that lead to a long, balanced finish.