An impressive wine for the vintage, it is powerful, with terrific extraction, an opaque purple color, pure crème de cassis fruit, and a touch of licorice and toast. Surprisingly unevolved for a 1998, with a fine mid-palate and finish.
Complex, concentrated fruit and floral aromas lead to a ripe, rich, complex, grapey plum and cherry-laced wine, with hints of anise, sage and cedar flavors. Firms up nicely on the finish, where the tannins flex their muscles. Drink now through 2007. 600 cases made.