"87 out of 100 - The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley reveals complex aromatics of spice box, fruit cake, new oak, and dried herbs. Its frontal attack offers plenty of black currant fruit, licorice, olives, and Provencal herbs. Although it does not possess the size of previous vintages of the nineties, it is built along the lines of a good Bordeaux. Its deficiency is its short finish. Drink it over the next 7-8 years." - R.M.P., Jr.
"87 out of 100 - Well-oaked and smooth-textured, with mocha and dill leading to a mix of dried berry, currant, anise and sage. Gains complexity and depth on the finish, where the tannins are dry and earthy. Slightly better than previously reviewed. Drink now through 2007. 50,000 cases made." - W.S.