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Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 96
Good deep red-ruby. Tarry blackcurrant, lead pencil, coffee, cedar and earth on the nose. Suave and intensely flavored, with firm acids giving shape to the flavors. Not as fat or ripe as the '97, but concentrated for the year. Finishes with firm-edged tannins and very good length.
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Tasted upon release: Warm and lush spiciness, black olives, smoky black cherry, plum and anise, with excellent acidity. As I noted earlier, when clients tasted this wine out of bottle next to the 1995, 1996 and 1997 vintages in a vertical tasting, they ordered the 1998 by a factor of 2 to 1 over any of the other vintages. I have tasted this several times with consistent impressions; still drinking beautifully.
Trust Rating: 78
Tasted On: 04/29/2009
Drink Dates: 2007
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 10/20/2003
Drink Dates: 2003-2008
Darkly colored with attractive though light aromas of cherry, slight smoke, and some earth. High acidity in the mouth with rather emaciated fruit. The wine finishes long with smoky earth and wood. Bordeaux styled ? a minor league Opus One?
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