The 1998 vintage was a winemakers dream in the Walla Walla Valley. The year was very warm with perfect conditions from bloom to harvest. Yields were naturally low and resulted in wines of incredible intensity, color, and fruit. Our 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon is a very dark wine with an incredible nose consisting of aromatic cedar, anise, black cherry, and balsam. This is a very distinctive wine with a rich, heavy mouthfeel. This weighty palate impression is backed by high-quality, fine grained tannins.
"A ripe, round and graceful Washington Cabernet. A pretty wine that's generous with its plum and black currant flavors, swirling with jasmine, rose petal and vanilla flavors, and echoing fruit, spice and floral notes on the long, supple finish."
"The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon's bouquet offers aromas of toasty oak and spice. This mouth-coating, explosive wine is crammed with a myriad of spices, jammy blackberries, sweet cherries, and cherry syrup-drenched fruitcake. This is a hedonist's delight, yet it has loads of tannin that provide a firm, tight, structured finish."
The Wine Advocate
"Saturated ruby-red. Spicy aromas of black plum, black raspberry, caramel, mocha and nutmeg, along with an exotic suggestion of pineapple. Big, rich, sappy and seamless; fruit is at once gentle and explosive. Large-scaled but not at all heavy, with a rich milk chocolate flavor contributing to the impression of creaminess. Finishes with thoroughly lush, smooth tannins. Shows no sign of the recent bottling."
International Wine Cellar