This challenging vintage has developed beautifully after a few more years in the bottle.
Many are fans of this well balanced and complex wine.
||Bold Red Wine
||La Cime Cabernet Sauvignon
||Dry Creek Valley
The wine now has lively fruit flavors dominated by blueberry and cassis and the finish features rich fine-textured tannin with enough grip to age many more years. Flavors of fresh tobacco, cedar and the refreshing earthy smells of a forest during a spring rain all come together to form the classic cabernet palate.
One virtue of a special vineyard terroir is the ability to make a great wine in any vintage. Our hillside vines, with the cooling and moderating effect of the nearby Pacific Ocean, show that kind of reliability. In spite of a warm summer in 98, cabernet harvest was very late, 19 October, finishing with 128 days between bloom and harvest. The best vintages need at least 120 days in order to achieve the ripe tannin necessary for the desired structure, soft, mouth-filling while eminently age-worthy with a healthy note of tannin. Due to challenging weather, fully half of the crop was dropped in the field leaving only sound, evenly ripe fruit for harvest.