In 1998, poor fruit set resulted in a small crop of very high quality The grapes were harvested on October 1, before the Fall rains. Fermentation began spontaneously on the fifth day. The wine was pressed on the 18th day before going into center-of-France barrels, 40% new. The wine finished malolactic the following Spring, was racked twice, and bottled without filtration 14 months after harvest. This wine is beautifully balanced with a specificity of aroma and flavor that goes beyond Pinot noir to the place it is grown, the Southeast Block at Bethel Heights Vineyard.