Posts Tagged 1998

1998 Dom Perignon Champagne, France

Can one have too much of a good thing? The 1998 bottling is fresher, sassier and showing much more fruit up front than the 1996, as one would expect. Think fleshy tart cherry and ripe apple. MSRP: $120 (November 2006) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

1998 Ch. Roumieu Sauternes, Bordeaux

A seamless wine, if a bit thin. But what a great pricepoint! Vanilla, crème brulee, and light stone fruit. Not cloying in the least. MSRP: $11.99/375-ml.) (January 2005) Wine Lines rating: 89 Group:... Read more

1998 Magnotta Winery ‘Gran Riserva’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Ontario, Canada

This wine has a sharp nose, with strong smoky oak, that overwhelms the moderate plum and currant fruit. Tart and acidic in the mouth. Perhaps food would tame this wine? Retail Price: $29 CAN (July 2004) Wine Lines rating: 82... Read more

1998 Wynn’s Coonawarra Estate John Riddich Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia

(May 2004) Softening up and starting to drink well. Lots of dusty black berry fruits. Wine Lines rating:... Read more

1998 J. Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet, Burgundy

Light, still showing some crispness and minerality, went down easy. MSRP: N/A (October 2003) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

1998 Ch. Pavie, St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe

Deep color. Shellacked French oak. Tannic. Can’t imagine it improving a lot. MSRP: $150 (September 2003) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

1998 Swanson ‘Alexis’ Estate Red, Napa Valley

This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah is drinking nicely now, with a great interplay of black fruits, minerals, and oak shadings. Smooth in the mouth, with a little bit of gripping tannins at the finish. A perfect match for grilled rack of... Read more

1998 Merus Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa

A warm, inviting nose of black fruits, fleshy plum and woodspice. In the mouth, extract of black cherry chimes in. It is fleshy and spicy, but without tannic bite. One of the best 1998s we’ve had from Napa. MSRP: N/A (May 2003) Wine Lines... Read more

1998 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay, ‘Nuits Blanches,’ Santa Maria

Still showing lots of lavish, smoky, spiced oak. In the mouth, juicy tropical fruits and stone fruits, which hold their own with the wood. With time, some toffee nut notes emerge. MSRP: N/A (May 2003) Wine Lines rating:... Read more

1998 Robert Eymael Monchof Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling, Spatlese, Germany

Brightly aromatic, with forest pine; ripe, sweet apple, and some high notes of perfume. Seamless and full in the mouth. MSRP: N/A (May 2003) Wine Lines rating:... Read more