1998
Cabernet Sauvignon
NAPA VALLEY


Current ReleasesKeenan Winery 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

$36 per 750ml bottle


GOLD MEDAL WINE
CLUB REVIEW

In spring of 1998 Keenan's last remaining Cabernet vines were torn out and replanted due to disease infestations. We were sad to lose our estate Cabernet, but this gave us the opportunity to work with fruit harvested from select vineyards throughout the Napa Valley appellation. Cabernet vineyards were carefully selected in order to ensure fully ripened fruit and a well-balanced blend.

The
1998 vintage was somewhat troublesome due to a long winter and a relatively mild summer. Yet Keenan had no trouble harvesting Cabernet at optimum levels of maturity. After harvest the fruit was crushed, then fermented for seven to ten days. The wine was barrel aged in fifty-percent new French and American oak for a full two years.

The blend was assembled just before bottling. The portion of Cabernet harvested from the Pope Valley region of Napa added plenty of forward fruit to the final blend. A vineyard in the Oak Knoll District imparted complex earthy characters, and Cabernet from St. Helena and Oakville added great structure. Five percent Merlot was added to the blend to give some additional black cherry and raspberry fruit nuances.

The finished wine shows soft approachable characters even at its young age, yet the structure and complexity of the wine make it quite food worthy.


"This Bordeaux-styled 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon  is smooth and round, with aromas and flavors of herbs, earth, and black currant....[This cabernet] is well-balanced, and made in a forward, attractive style. Readers should know that 1998 has been deemed by many as a bad vintage for the Noth Coast Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, yet attractive wines have been produced. Anticipated maturity: now-2012."

--Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate

2001 Los Angeles Fair, Limited Production Category
GOLD MEDAL, BEST OF CLASS, BEST RED, and
BEST OF COMPETITION

WINE DATA

AWARDS & RATINGS

2001 California State Fair
Gold Medal, 94 Points

2002 San Francisco Chronicle Northern California Wine Competition

Gold Medal

2002 Hilton Head Wine Competition
Gold Medal

2001 Jerry Mead's New World Wine International Competition
Gold Medal

Alcohol

13.5%

Total Acidity

0.60 grams/100mL

pH

3.48

Residual Sugar

Dry

Bottling Date

Decembert 13, 2000

Blend

95% Cabernet Sauvignon
05% Merlot

Production

2,450 cases

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