Current Releases:2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Library Notes:2011 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996
1998 Cabernet Sauvignon
A relatively early budbreak, cool spring and a summer on the hot side made this one of the longest growing seasons for some time. Some winemakers had trouble ripening Cabernet Sauvignon this vintage but that wasn't a problem on these steep hillside vineyards.
The grapes from the 1998 Cabernet come from a small "crown" formation near the top of the site. The grapes were crushed and fermented on the skins for 13 days. The wine was then put in French oak barrels, 30% new, and aged for 28 months before bottling unfined and unfiltered.
Classic Napa Valley Cabernet with aromas of deep cassis, blackberry and cedar. Notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and licorice with a touch of leather. Very rich on the palate with strawberry, cassis, coffee and cedar. Ample, yet fine-textured tannin and a lasting finish.
Harvest Date: October 27, 1998, Sugar: 24.7 degrees Brix, Titratable Acidity: 5.7 g/l, pH: 3.68, Alcohol: 14.5%, Cases produced: 419.