The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (which includes a touch of Merlot in the blend) reveals a certain austerity along with hints of dried herbs, coffee beans, and red currants. It is medium-bodied, with a dry, spare finish.
Medium ruby, less deep than the '97. Moderately ripe aromas of berries, dark chocolate and fresh herbs. Ripe and supple, but smaller-scaled and less nuanced than the '97. Still, this has good middle-palate texture and balance for the vintage. Finishes with dusty tannins and good but not outstanding length.
Ripe and well-balanced, with juicy plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit that's elegant, rich and well-defined. Avoids being overly herbal or tannic, though a touch of bell pepper comes through on the finish.
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