1998 Judd's Hill Napa - Printable Version

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- winoweenie - 11-14-2004

One of the few 98s' I bought. A well-made concentrated bottle of juice.Deep ruby, nice aromatics with some pretty violets coming to the front. Solid entry and center with a good 3&3/4 lapper finish. Still a small amount of tannins but almost there. 89/90. 25 by the box on special.13.5% alc. WW

- winoweenie - 12-12-2004

Still improving. The aromatics are comin on.
No change in ratings yet. WW

- winoweenie - 03-13-2005

The nose has improved enough to kick the rating up to outstanding. One of the 4 or 5 real successes I've had from this difficult vintage. WW

- winoweenie - 07-24-2006

Had a bottle yesterday for lunch with a nice juicy broiled rib-eye. Lovely stuff. Not much add except the nose is really coming on now. Still some velvety taannins that shoul;d carry it another 1-3 before peaking. WW

- winoweenie - 01-21-2007

Opened another after the wedding yesterday. Not much more to say. A very enjouable bottle of superior juice. WW

- winoweenie - 10-05-2007

Had another bottle yesterday with homemade turkey meatloaf slathered in carmelized- onion laced marinara. This is another example of what a superior winemaker can accomplish in vintages that are far from optimum. Think this has pretty well gotten me to thwe bottom of the barrel on this fine bottling. Still a solid 90/90. WW

- Innkeeper - 10-05-2007

"-----homemade turkey meatloaf slathered in carmelized- onion laced marinara."

Why not a Monte?

- winoweenie - 10-05-2007

Dint realize the General had any vineyards. WW

- winoweenie - 09-05-2008

Had the last from the box and these are real tears running down me chubby lil' cheeks. This bottling has improved from the 2 year onward and now I'd give this baby a solid 92. Will start on some other vintages soon. WW

- wondersofwine - 09-05-2008

WW, Have you had any Meander Cabernet Sauvignon or Swanson "Alexis" C.S.? I recently ordered three bottles of the Alexis from 2004 and three bottles of the Larkmead from 2005. I don't think I've placed an order on the Meander but I'm considering it.

- winoweenie - 09-05-2008

WOW sweetie I've never had the Meander but love both of the 2 you've ordered. Many posts on both wines. WW