The 1998 ripening season arrived late and cool on the mountain, preserving the vibrance of flavors. This super Tuscan blend combines the attributes of perfectly ripened Sangiovese fruit with those of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, which have been blended to 10% each.

The flavor and aroma profile displays a medley of fresh and intense raspberry and red cherry characteristics. These flavors follow through on the palate, free of any suggestion of over-ripe porty tones. The body is round and rich and resolves in a lengthy finish where supple Cabernet tannins provide a touch of grip and structure.

Appellation: Sonoma County
Vintage: 1998
Harvest: October 1998
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 75% Sangiovese
12.5% Cabernet Sauvignon
12.5% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.1%
Bottling: December 1999
Production: 97 (500 ml bottles) cases
Release Date: March 2000
Price:
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Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate: December 23, 2000
    Rating: 90

    The dark ruby-colored 1998 Sangiovese exhibits a big, sweet, strawberry jam and cherry-scented bouquet with subtle notes of leather and toast. With expressive fruit, medium body, deep, concentrated flavors, and a tangy edge, this intense yet supple Sangiovese can be drunk over the next 3-4 years.