Surprising to see a ’98 coming onto the market now, but the wine is fine, raring and ready to go. Cola, charcoal and sliced lemon carry the nose into a tangy, cherry-laden palate. The finish is long and liqueur-like. Some gritty tannins call out for food.
Not sure why this wine outperforms the ’99, but it does. The nose has some caramel and toffee, but also some leather and dried fruit. Snappy on the tongue, with light cherry and raspberry flavors. Drying but clean on the finish.