Lots of smooth vanilla notes in the nose, and plenty of pretty purple tones in the glass. The flavors show beet, cola, spice and black pepper, and there is plenty of extract for a '98. Still young, austere and tight, but well-crafted.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.