Vintage Summary 1998

Warmer than 1997 with low to moderate yields. A very good growing season, but hey, what did we know - this was only our second year of making wine! This was the third harvest for Block 3 which started on April 6. Depending on storage, some bottles of the 1998 Block 3 and all of the 1998 Felton Road Pinot Noir can be found to be a little "funky" with over the top complexity for some tasters; for others it can be found to be very complex and "most Burgundian", due to a Brettanomyces bloom in the bottle. Our bottles of the Block 3 at the winery drink extremely well and we are very pleased with the way the wine has developed, though wines that have been less meticulously stored have not fared so well.