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Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
(search item no. 39412)
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $65.69

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1998 harvest took some of those same steely nerves required for an Indy 500 qualifying run. In early October many predicted it would rain out the rest of harvest and many wineries picked. We looked at the maturity of our grapes and reasoned: if we pick now, we'll make an ordinary wine; if we wait and get rained out, we'll make an awful wine; BUT, if we wait and gain further ripening, we'll make an exciting wine! We waited, and the weather held, giving the grapes long hang-time, mature seeds, soft skins and truly ripe fruit. Our 1998 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, concentrated and rich, with mouth-coating, mature tannins and lots of spicy oak.
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About Lewis Cellars:

Former Indy Car driver Randy Lewis and his wife Debbie started Lewis Cellars in 1992. They are truly "Driven... to create world-class wines." Along with their son, Dennis, they are literally hands-on in every aspect of vineyard management, winemaking, sales and distribution. They thrive on the challenges and the relationships cultivated in the process. It is their continuing goal to greate small lots of exciting and unique Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah.