1998 Pinot Noir - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley Saturated ruby color with aromas of cinnamon, cloves, brambles, cola and sage. Bright strawberry, bing cherry and hard candy on the palate. 50% wild yeast fermentation. This wine came from G Block and exhibits the characteristics of mature vines and low yields--full extraction, balance and finesse as well the mineral components of the Tepusquet Formation that underlies this great vineyard site. We are fortunate and grateful to make wine from such intense fruit. This fleshy wine drank well on release but should also continue to develop in the bottle for 5 to 8 years. 1998 Pinot Noir - Laetitia Vineyard (formerly La Colline) - Arroyo Grande Valley Medium dark ruby color with crushed strawberry and cherry on the palate. This wine has a firm core of fruit that still needs some time to unwind. However aeration in the mouth reveals layers of fruit, mineral, wood and spice and a long, sweet and expansive finish. This wine soft tannins which will make it very approachable upon release but with enough structure for aging of 5 to 8 years and probably longer. 1998 Pinot Noir - Arroyo Grande Valley Medium ruby color with crushed strawberry and cherry on the palate. The nose is spicy with some mineral accents. This Pinot Noir has plenty of lush fruit but a tight core. 1998 Pinot Noir - Pisoni Vineyard - Santa Lucia Highlands Dark saturated ruby in color, this powerful wine exhibits the more masculine components of Pinot Noir. Damson and berry flavors on the palate mingle with scents of forest floor, bacon and wood smoke. In the mouth, the heft and density of the wine are balanced by a smooth sweet finish. This vineyard produces very distinctive fruit that we are grateful to be able to work with. As with our other Pinot Noir, this wine is approachable upon release but should also contjnue to develop in the bottle for 5 to 8 years. 1998 Pinot Noir - Evelyn - Santa Maria Valley Medium dark ruby with aromas of cinnamon, cloves, sandalwood and exotic spices. Bright strawberry, cherry, framboise and hard candy on the palate. Named in memory of Evelyn Waldron, mother of Bill Cates, a beautiful, gracious woman whose generosity and faith helped make Tantara Winery a reality. This wine exhibits those characteristics that we feel make a wine great - balance, suppleness, elegance and mystery. It will be produced in those vintages that meet these standards. 1998 Chardonnay - Bien Nacido Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley Medium straw color. This Chardonnay did not go through malolactic fermentation which preserved the beautiful, ripe fruit characteristics. This wine is crisp and supple with apple, pear, mineral and a hint of citrus on the palate. The flinty and focused character of this offering makes it an idea food wine. 1998 Chardonnay - Talley Vinyard - Arroyo Grande Valley Straw color with a glint of green. A complex nose of floral aromas and mineral with ginger, pineapple and cocnut on the palate. This concentrated Chardonnay with a long hazelnut finish will stand up to rich dishes such as lobster. 1998 Pinot Blanc - Arroyo Grande Valley Medium straw color with gold highlights. This wine is well-balanced with creamy and nutty flavors and a hint of almond. This style of Pinot Blanc emphasizes the ripe fruit characeristics, but its structure and long finish make a very food friendly wine. 1998 Sangiovese - Paso Robles This offering of 100% Sangiovese is medium ruby in color with aromas of raspberries and lavender. On the plate the wine is supple, finely balanced and redolent of dried cherries. This wine was aged in three year old French oak and bottled unfiltered for maximum expression of fruit character. We recommend this wine with traditional Italian cuisine.