The 1998's were so trashed on release (as were the 2000's) from California. With a good decade or more these have really fleshed out. I can't help but wonder if they are just more similar to old style Napa. I thought most were not good on release, but drinking this it is drinking quite well today. Purple in color, no sign of age. The nose has dark cherries, cassis, tobacco and a bit of roaster bell pepper. There is a nice complexity and it drinks reasonably young. Very nice showing for this wine.
Lifted, sweet, compelling Cali Cab bouquet, a melange of new oak, cherries, tar, black tea, and wrigleys gum. Fleshy, sweet and round semi-modern, but with enough grip and acidity to keep it real. Drinking great right now.
Super smooth and with notes of liquorish in the palette. Little sediment in the bottle. Gorgeous shiny brownish red color. Long palette and plenty of acidity. Could be easily confused with Old World wine. Good complexity
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