Bright red-ruby. Very complex aromas of cherry, redcurrant, tobacco, smoke and violet; if the '99 is claret-like, this is a bit more Burgundian on the nose. Sweet and supple; very nicely balanced but possesses less stuffing than the '99. Lovely inner-mouth florals call to mind a wine from Pauillac. The oak tannins are a bit more apparent on the finish, as there less density in the middle palate. But very successful and stylish for this difficult vintage.
An earthy style, with those flavors more prominent than the currant, anise, black cherry and blackberry fruit. It's deeply concentrated, but be forewarned, the tannins are leathery.
The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon displays complex, Bordeaux-like aromas that recall a top-notch Medoc. In the mouth, the tannin is dry and angular, but the wine shows plenty of attractive black currant fruit presented in a restrained, understated style. It is medium-bodied, elegant, and best consumed during its first 10-12 years of life.
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