International Wine CellarDeep ruby-black, similar to the 1995. Rich vanillin oak and black fruit aromas, with rather pungent spice and herbal notes from the wood. Medium-full body. Ample, sweet berry and dark cherry fruit and high-toast vanillin oak dominate, coating the palate with a lush wave of fruit before firm, rich tannins lend some stiffness to the finish. Surprisingly strong in extract for the vintage and a testament to very careful selection in the vineyard and sensitive maceration. Shows more oak and less sheer...