From the glass generous black cherry and blackberry fruit aromas are complemented by tobacco, coffee and allspice. The wine is rich in body and texture on the palate with balanced, smooth tannins and acidity and lingering vanilla, black pepper and berry notes.
This 1998 Reserve was aged for 14 months in 60% new and 40% older French oak. At 12 months the individual barrels for the final wine were selected. It was then blended, egg white fined, and aged two additional months in new barrels before light filtration and bottling.
The wonderful balance between fruit, toast, tannins and acidity will develop with an additional 6-8 years of age, and will begin to open up markedly at five years from vintage.