This is one of those rare exceptions when the '98 was more highly rated, at least by all I saw, than the '97. Unh uhhh! This '97 was really great. Consumed on a deck overlooking the swollen waters of the Little Manistee river, wondering when the hell the waters would recede enough to fly fish productively, and no notes taken, but this was blackberry, cassis, a little mint, a little grilled mushroom, nice texture, good acid balance, long finish, and just perfect at this age. Tasted in nice company, both people and wine wise, and glowing comments by all. I've had the '98 and it is no '97. Nice surprise. I know there's another down there in the cellar someplace.
I'm thinking there must be something to this travel shock thing. A friend brings his wine from Detroit, some 3 1/2 hours away on some not real smooth roads. I come from much closer, on very nice smooth roads. My wines don't seem to suffer. His are always disappointing to both him and to me. We both brought a mixed 'backup" case to the club at the beginning of the trout season, and all of them are great. I mean in great condition like fresh out of my cellar and not necessarily great wine.
Sorry about the rambling.
So who is going to MoCOOL?