With its rich ruby color, this supple and elegant wine exudes dark notes of black cherry, black currant, tobacco, coffee and cedar, and whispers a suggestion of violets and nutmeg. It fills the mouth with luscious fruit and warm silky tannins.
After hand-sorting in the vineyard, the grapes were gently crushed into small stainless steel tanks, fermented individually by vineyard block, then aged for 18 months in 75% new French oak barrels. Winemaker Francoise Peschon notes: This complex yet approachable wine is expressive, seamless, with layered flavors of rich concentrated fruit and sweet tannins that coat the palate. The finish lingers with nuances of mineral and earthy spices, promising years of aging potential.
Wine AdvocateThe 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard was bottled earlier than usual as this vintage is not as massive or concentrated as its predecessors. To my palate, the 1998 is good, although I am not convinced it will be long lived. There are 2,300 cases of this 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit-Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc blend. It is supple and elegant, with a complex, evolved bouquet of smoke, black currants, spice box, and cedar. In the mouth, the wine is forward with sweet tannin, gorgeously rich, concentrated fruit, and impressively integrated acidity and tannin. Drink this alluring charmer now and over the next 12-15 years.
Wine SpectatorRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/01