1998 Spottswoode Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa Valley

1998 Spottswoode Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa Valley

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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

March
Unusually cool weather and rain caused by El NiƱo

June
Drastic temperature swings

September
Harvest finally begins after a period of warm weather

November
Harvest draws to a close, very late

About Spottswoode Vineyard

Producer Facts

Winery Name

Spottswoode Vineyard

Web Site

http://www.spottswoode.com/

Ownership/Management

Mary Weber Novak

Area Under Vine: 40 Acres

About Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon Facts

Flavor Profile

Full, tannic wines with notes of blackcurrant and cassis

Food Pairings

Grilled red meats, stews, hard or rich cheeses

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