This is essentially DDO's reserve bottling, and is released later than the regular, so the '98 is current. Dark and fleshy, it has an open, earthy nose redolent of barnyard, leaf and blossom. It is borderline rustic, smelling of forest floor. The finish is quite rough and tannic.
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