Medium garnet-red color. Leather-y nose, with peppercorn, faint cherry, wet dog. On arrival, pervasive dry, medium tannin, medium-low acidity. Tastes older than most '98s. Just dry, narrow, meaty and a bit of wood tannin on the finish. Not enough stuffing for the wood and structure. Bottle #2 of four.
Third bottle from an auction lot. The last one was fantastic, and this one started out with promise: a nose of freshly slaughtered meat, dense and bloody. The palate lived up to the nose... at least until it hit the mid-palate, when the bloody carcass fell of the edge of the cliff and disappeared. By the time it hit the back of the tongue, there was nothing. Nada, expect for a drying sensation. Talk about a short finish: this one pulled up short about a kilometre from the finish.
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