The five grape varietals comprising this vintage came from four ultra-premium vineyards in Napa Valley, which are located in the sub-appellations of Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain, Soda Canyon, Wooden Valley and Carneros. Each of these vineyards was expertly manicured; every effort was made to ensure that the fruit developed its full flavor potential.
Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
"Deftly balanced, rich and elegant, with creamy currant, mocha, herb, blackberry and anise flavors, keeping a tight, supple focus and lingering on the finish."
"The 1998 Proprietary Red is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit-Verdot, and 1% Malbec. A sexy, up-front, plush wine with a deep purple color, medium to full body, and copious quantities of sweet blackberry, creme de cassis, and meaty notes..."
The Wine Advocate