Category Archives: 1998

1998 Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley

This was poured from magnum. Brownish ruby color. On the nose, developed, medium+ intensity, cedar, bell pepper, tobacco, dill, leather, spice, with bits of plum and cherry tucked in the back, some oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, nice balance, and very good structure still. This drinks like a Bordeaux, with lots of mineral and a solid finish.

1998 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Ruby with browning edges. On the nose, beautiful and developed, medium+ intensity, currants, figs, leather, cedar, cigar, some oak, and some dusty earth component. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, seamless, broad, extremely charismatic, a colleague at work said “this is why you wait, there’s just more paint on the canvas”, I agree fully, this…Continue Reading

1998 Chateau L’Evangile Pomerol

This wine just crushed it! Ruby color with some browning edges. On the nose, developing with some youthfulness, medium intensity, plum, cherry, leather, cigar, earthy basementy character, perfume, some oak , and definite earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, balanced, layered, medium tannin, medium+ acidity, medium body, beautiful flavors and a silkiness not common…Continue Reading

1998 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa

Half bottle format. Everyone bagged this vintage because of rare rain during harvest, although a bit vegetal, some great wines were made. On the nose, evolved bouquet of medium , cigar box, pencil shavings, vegetal stemmy component, black currants, blackberry, lots of earth, some oak, very Bordeaux. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, still has…Continue Reading

1998 Chateau Haut Brion Graves

It’s amazing what happens at dinner when multi-million dollar deals are at steak. I am a firm believer that guys with class and clout close more of those deals, because they understand whats classy and sexy. Not many people come in and order $700 Bordeaux, even though we’re in a mecca of multi-million dollar business.…Continue Reading

1998 Joseph Phelps Insignia

This was considered an off vintage in Napa, so you could get this as at a more attractive price. Those wineries that had control in the vineyard made fantastic wines in this marginal vintage. On the nose, moving to bouquet, med intensity, with lots of cassis, spice, rocking the Rutherford Dust, tobacco, not oaky, but…Continue Reading