This Cab is a little soft, and not all that fruity, so the dry tannins stick out, but it’s so balanced and understated that it’s a natural to accompany good food without overshadowing it. The cherry, cassis, herb and coffee flavors are lightly seasoned with oak. Drink now.
Yes, 1997 is the current vintage. Reviewers gave this wine’s bouquet two thumbs up—it has lovely aromas of wheat biscuit, mint and cassis. Our biggest gripe here was the wine’s weight—which, for a Cabernet from a good vintage, was pretty light. Still, it had some pleasant cherry, red plum and earth flavors.
One of the last ‘98s to be released, and still dark in color. The tannins are hefty, although they’re of the soft, pliant kind, and acidity is low. Oak overshadows the fruit. Not offering much now, and doesn’t seem to be an ager.