Jancis Robinson ~ 16 Points
"Smoky, reduced but fun. Pushing the envelope and giving white burgundy a run for its money. Not long but racy and lively."
"Very racy, with a sanguine frame to the delicious core of red currant, damson plum and linzer torte notes. Long, with tar and juniper lingering through the finish." Wine Spectator - Rating (90)
Wine Spectator ~ 92
"Seductive aromas of chamomile, lanolin and pear give way to tight but focused flavors of grapefruit, green almond and quinine in this vibrant white, which has a firm, lean character that persuades rather than imposes."
Wine Enthusiast ~ 93 Points
"Great, fresh swathes of Sauvignon Blanc give a delicious herbaceous character to go with the fresh fruits. Good green character, with a light spice from new wood."
"Loads of crushed sweet berries on the nose, with fresh herbs and licorice. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long, polished and soft texture on the end. And plenty of fruit. So pretty. Really impressive red from here." James Suckling - Rating (91-94)
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Decanter ~ 18.5 Points (5 Stars)
Stephen Brooks picks his stars.
"Ripe apricot nose, stylish oak. Good attack, powerful and concentrated, zesty and mineral. Superb potential."
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Wine Spectator ~ 95-100
"Intense aromas of violets, berries and spices follow through to a full-bodied palate, with layers of supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. Very classic in style. All in elegance and length. I like it better than the 2000." Wine Spectator - Rating (95)
"La Mission’s 1998 exhibits a healthy, opaque blue/purple color with no lightening at the edge. Thirty minutes of aeration brings forth a sensational bouquet of chocolate, cedar, truffles, graphite, blackberries, cassis and incense. Full-bodied with superb purity, a multilayered texture, sweet tannin, good acidity and a fabulously long finish, this great." Robert Parker - Ratin...
Wine Spectator ~ 95 Points
"What a nose, with fresh pineapple, mineral, toasty oak, apricot and other fresh fruits. Full and very structured, with a tight yet thick mouthfeel. Long and flavorful. Really hiding it now, but it's all there."