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1998 Vineyard 29 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Previously $100)

SKU #1021681 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark This small vineyard changed ownership during the last year. The 1998 was produced by well-known winemaker, Heidi Barrett. The 1998, made from a 3-acre, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard planted with the "Grace" clone of Cabernet, is an undeniable success for the vintage. Aged 20 months in wood, it exhibits a dense purple color as well as a pure, sweet nose of black currants, spice, licorice, and tobacco. Soft and full-bodied, with supple tannin, outstanding concentration, and excellent balance, it will drink beautifully for 15+ years. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2000)

Vinous

Outer quote mark Deep, bright red. Complex, inviting scents of black fruits, gravel, earth, leather and tea leaf, along with a balsamic element. Tightly wound and claret-like, conveying a positive herbal element but not especially green in the context of this cool, rainy vintage. Good density and concentration if a bit dusty and dry. Finishes with firm-edged tannins and good lift and length. But this wine is unlikely to become more pliant with additional time in the cellar. (ST) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

K&L Notes

From winemaker Heidi Barrett: "The growing season in 1998 was a difficult one for Napa Valley. Cold weather throughout the entire summer resulted in a need to drastically cut the crop and to harvest late in order to achieve sufficient ripeness. This vintage drinks best with 45 minutes of decanter time, more than our past vintages. The characteristic Vineyard 29 balance between nose, mid-palate and finish is definitely evident, as is the juicy, fruit-forward body."


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