1998 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Notes After dealing with 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.
Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 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.
91 Points - Wine News
Deep ruby hue. Sweet scents of oak, roasted coffee and vanilla. A polished offering showcasing black cherry, new oak and mint. long finish imbued with tea, anise and earthy notes. (June/July 2001)
88 Points - Wine Spectator
Lots to admire here, with layers of mocha, vanilla, currant, black cherry and blackberry, turning elegant, with cedar and tobacco notes on the finish. (May 2001)
Blend and Grape Sources
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and 2% Petite Verdot from estate-owned vineyards and independent growers.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates October 17-30, 1998
Aging/Cooperage 20 months in a combination of new and two-year-old French oak barrels before being blended and bottled in June 2000.