1998 Rudd Estate Jericho Canyon Napa Valley

1998 Rudd Estate Jericho Canyon Napa Valley

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95 Points Wine Advocate
91 Points Wine Spectator

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Perhaps the biggest surprise of the '98 vintage.

Dark ruby purple with plum, gravel, clove and anise notes. Massive plum with black cherry overtones, quite full with moderate acid and soft tannins, some clovy notes and a hint of vanilla, a touch of anise and dark plummy fruit with a hint of tea leaf in the fruit. But wait until you taste the '99! At Winery, 2-21-01 Dark ruby with purple glints; pepper, gravel in currant fruit and hints of rhubarb; firm, smoky black cherry fruit with earthy, gravelly notes, lively acid and fine tannin, and a big finish with hints of olive and pepper in firm black cherry fruit. Bernard's Inn 7-17-01 Impressive dense plum and black cherry. Minty notes and anise at center with long, rich ripe plum and a lively sturcture to balance. Stole the show at this blind tasting. Tasters' Guild 6-17-01

About Rudd Estate

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Rudd Estate

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Napa Valley 1998

The 1998 vintage was a difficult year for growers, who had to contend with the machinations of an El Niño weather pattern that brought unusually cool weather and rain, both early in the spring and sporadically later in the season. The resulting fruit set was small and late. Temperatures in the summer ranged significantly from cooler than normal, to a few periods of heat where growers were concerned with sunburn. The result was uneven ripeness, irregular-sized berries, and an overall sluggish ripening.

Once again, hard work in the vineyard would be critical to getting the vines balanced and removing any unripe berries and bunches. A period of fine, dry, and warm weather finally arrived in late September, and the stubbornly late harvest got under way and continued into late October, with some wineries finishing as late as November. Notably, this was something that would not occur again until 2011.


Key Dates

Unusually cool weather and rain caused by El Niño

Drastic temperature swings

Harvest finally begins after a period of warm weather

Harvest draws to a close, very late

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