The 1998 season began with a cool late spring, which delayed flowering and set the stage for a harvest that was three to four weeks later than normal. Cool weather in early September added to our worries, but sunny skies in October were enough to fully ripen all but the very latest vineyards of Cabernet. Merlot and Cabernet Franc, which ripen a week to two weeks earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon, were especially successful in contributing ripe flavors to the blend.
This wine displays aromas of cedar, ripe currents, spice, and leather with a soft, silky finish and a lingering aftertaste. It is crafted to be enjoyable to drink as a young wine and will continue to improve in the bottle. Try it with bold flavored pastas or Sonoma duck or lamb.