With bright acidity
and vanilla oak flavors, this wine has a
concentrated fruit character, an
appealing mouth feel and a lingering

Growing Conditions

The 1998 vintage followed a very difficult and challenging growing season. An extremely wet winter,
with flooding in the lower areas of Napa Valley was followed by a wet spring. Cold temperatures
delayed bud break, and continued cool temperatures through the summer delayed veraison and ripening.
“Indian Summer” temperatures in October brought the grapes to maturity and most varieties were
harvested before the rains.


9 months in oak