The 1998 Ladera Lone was our first wine and was not released to the market place. This wine shows characters of deep, dark bramble fruits dominate with an aroma that is characteristically blackberry and black-raspberry with hints of anise, herbs, and leather. It is aging wonderfully and proving the longevity of the Ladera wines.
The 1998 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon was grown exclusively on the Ladera Lone Canyon Vineyard, except for the small amount of Petite Verdot grown near Calistoga. Lone Canyon Vineyard is 480 acres of steep terrain on the flanks of Mt. Veeder, surrounding a box canyon reminiscent of cowboy roundups and outlaw hideaways. Most of this land is too steep and rugged to farm: just 75 acres are planted to vines, on slopes ranging from 5 to 30 percent and elevations up to 1,100 feet above sea level. Mountain fruit is justly famous for the intensity and character produced by vines that have to struggle on steep slopes at high elevations. The vines used for this wine were planted in the mid 1980's, on St George rootstock. The clones used are not exactly known, but the budwood was taken from vineyards in Oakville and is probably clone 7. This vineyard is relatively cool, primarily because of its elevation, but also due to its southerly location in Napa Valley. The vines are naturally balanced and yields range from 1.5 to less than 3 tons per acre. The soils are very well drained, moderately deep, clay loam soils.
Winemaking and Tasting Notes:
The 1998 vintage was a difficult one in Napa Valley. The cool, rainy season extended into June and the vines were behind in their maturity during much of the growing season. Those vineyards, like Lone Canyon Vineyard, located on well-drained hillsides were able to catch up quickly and did not suffer from the late rains. During harvest the weather warmed and the grapes were able to ripen fully, although later than normal.
The harvest for Lone Canyon Cabernet started on October 22 and finished on October 27. The wine was barrel aged for 21 months in
new (71%) and 3-year old French oak barrels. The wine was bottled August 29, 2000. (112 cases, 750 mL; 20 cases, 1.5L; 8 bottles, 3L; 6 bottle, 6L, 4 bottles, 9L).
Lone Canyon Vineyard is normally characterized by the deep rich bramble fruits and very full bodied tannins. The aroma is characteristically of blackberry and black-raspberry, along with anise, herbal and leathery hints. These components are present in this wine, and while somewhat more reserved than other years, it is a great expression of the 1998 vintage.
|Wine Style||Bold Red Wine|
|Harvest Date||10/22/98 - 10/27/98|
|Alcohol %||14.4% alcohol|