Pine Ridge Andrus Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

Price: $122.99
Item No. 31097
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Winemaker's Notes

ORIGIN: Our 1998 Andrus Reserve is a proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec selected from plantings at Gary and Nancy Andrus' home estate vineyard in Rutherford. VINEYARD: Planted in 1975 and 1983, the Andrus estate vineyard was one of the first narrow spaced vineyards in California. It lies on twenty-five acres at the base of the Mayacamas foothills on an alluvial fan with nutrient-packed clay soils. The vineyard is densely planted, with 1,815 to 3,000 vines per acre, to promote competition and controlled stress on the vines, thus maximizing the concentration of fruit flavors. WINEMAKING: Harvested in October 1998, the wine underwent extended maceration for 18-20 days in the tradition of Bordeaux to promote the development of elegant texture on the palate, and was pressed to barrel for malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in 100% new, heavily-toasted French oak barrels for 18 months. The 1998 Andrus Reserve was bottled without fining or filtration in May 2000. TASTING NOTES: Collectors will find a medium-bodied, dark ruby wine that is elegant and graceful with a luscious bouquet of concentrated black fruits. It is reminiscent of a fine Bordeaux in its supple texture and complexity. Layers of briar, mulberry, cranberry, cassis, and cinnamon are wrapped in spice, leather, hints of tobacco, and bittersweet cocoa. The 1998 Andrus Reserve is well balanced with firm structure and depth. Cellaring for ten years or more will enhance elegance and character. Extremely limited. Only 700 cases as well as 1.5L, 3.0L, and 6.0L formats.

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In 1978 , a remarkable vineyard took shape alongside a deep pine forest that climbs the western hillside of Napa Valley"s storied Stags Leap District. Today, nestled in a small valley along the Silverado Trail, the carefully maintained and terraced slopes of Pine Ridge Vineyards blend gracefully with the natural rise and fall of the land. Year after year, the wines of Pine...

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It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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