“The 1998 Sauvignon Blanc is showing its age with subtle oak tones and some rustic, nutty characteristics. The palate is shy with soft butterscotch and grapefruit flavors. The finish is clean, textural and nutty. If you have this in your cellar, it’s time to open it.”
Mastroberardino - JancisRobinson.com
Radici Taurasi DOCG
“Mid brick-garnet. Some volatile lift, truffle, chocolate, black tea and smoked nuts. Rich palate entry, with some residual, dried red cherry, then balsamic vinegar, spice and black tea, surrounding resolved, firm tannins. Still solidly structured, for its aromatic maturity.” (17 out of 20 points)
Domaine Jean Grivot - Decanter
In “Decanter’s Guide to Anniversary Buys,” Anthony Rose speaks with retired wine merchant Roy Richards who believes 1998 is an underrated vintage in Burgundy: “Slow to come around, but lovely now.” He recommends Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1998 for a 21st birthday wine.
“Luminous red. Captivating aromas of red cherry, cinnamon, minerals, orange peel, flowers and aromatic herbs. Rich, dense and suave, with enticing inner-mouth perfume and ultra-smooth tannins nicely framing the ripe but precise red fruit and flinty flavors. Finishes very long and suave, boasting a complex, multilayered personalità. A knockout wine that looks, smells and tastes still unbelievably young. This is one of the greatest wines from southern Italy I have tasted in some time, but I have found over the years there is considerable bottle variation with this specific vintage of Rosso del Conte and not all bottles I have tried in the past were quite as exceptional as this one.”
Deep ruby with a pale rim. Very intense, complex nose of sweet ripe red fruit, plums macerated in alcohol, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk chocolate. Then surprisingly bright and precise on the palate given the almost opulent nose, with a suave, velvety mouthfeel and rich, ripe red cherry, sweet spice and cocoa flavors that makes this very reminiscent of a late harvest wine. Tastes extremely young and fresh; I would never have guessed it was almost twenty years old. In 1998, there was a little more Carignano and Bovale in the blend and less of the Malvasia Nera. Still the latter grape variety’s presence is very obvious on the long smooth finish which features hints of camphor and an almost pungent floral quality.
Mastroberardino - JancisRobinson.com
Radici Fiano di Avellino DOCG
“Deep gold. Toast and cabbage on the nose. Perhaps a little past its best. But by no means dead. Introvert, slightly losing fruit.” (16 out of 20 points)
“Rain affected maturation. Dark ruby with blackish tinge and glow. Very subtle. And even a little suppleness! Lovely eloquence and sophistication. A wine that seems to have settled down. Super clean and refreshing, with refined subtle finish. Very fine indeed with real zest. A bit of orange peel.” (18.5 out of 20 points)
“Light to medium ruby in the glass, this wine has a wonderfully meaty nose of earth, leather and wet leaves mixed with smoked meat aromas. In the mouth Flavors of leather counterpoint sunshine-bright flavors of cherry and citrus peel. Leathery tannins wrap the package up with a rustic bow, and it lingers long in the mouth.” (9/9.5 out of 10 points)
Zenato - Vinous
Sergio Zenato Amarone Classico Riserva DOC
“One of the highlights in this tasting, the 1998 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Sergio Zenato saturates the palate with black cherries, plums, chocolate, spices, tobacco and new leather. There is an exotic quality to the 1998 that is particularly compelling. This is a gorgeous, totally complete Amarone from Zenato.”