Our 1998 Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve displays spicy blackberry aromas and deep earthy characters, while the oak aging contributes integrated notes of toasted almonds, vanilla and coffee. On the palate, the ripe berry fruit is reminiscent of blackberry pie, together with black cherry, coffee and vanilla. Rich cigar, leather and an intriguing note of ripe black olives add complexity. Supple tannins create a silky texture and long finish. As it ages in the bottle, the wine is developing a touch of mint, which is characteristic of the Don Maximiano Estate. It should continue to improve in the bottle for up to 15 years.