The 1998 was simpler and a little lighter. Most preferred to have the 1997 poured, after an initial side-by-side, but 2 or 3 went for the 1998 for preference. Medium garnet – less deep than the 97. Medium intensity vanilla, gentle clove, and black cherry. Less masculine and meaty, more berries and vanilla. Medium bodied, and flavours less intense or deep than the 97, but perhaps softer and with more elegance from lighter tannin: black cherry and slightly smoky hints. Easy drinking.