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My favorite of all of the vintages, short of the 1975.

Youthful, bright acidity and a light nose of raspberry and strawberry fruit. It includes flavors of red raspberry, red currant, herbs and roses. The tannins are pure silk, the balance is youthful, and the acidity is still bright and fresh. The final impression is of youth, strength, silk, and balance. It will drink beautifully for four to five more years. Acidity 6/10 Flavor 9/10 Tannins 5/10 Silk! Balance 5/10 youthful Alcohol 5/10 - Jean

Short of the 1975 (in a class of its own) I liked the 1997. A much maligned vintage, David Lett wrote "The third cool vintage in a row, the third with stellar flavors, and the third vintage to be overlooked by the public." Of his wines from the 1990's, I think the 1997 best displays his unflagging commitment to bringing out the best of what the year gave him. Oregon's 1997 vintage was hated by the wine critics and overshadowed by the popular 1998.

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