A complex nose immediately sets this wine apart. Notes of floral honey and lavender from a small selection of noble rot is layered with aromas of lime zest, navel orange, tart cherries, fresh plums and roasted fennel.
As multifaceted as the nose is, the youth of the wine and its long aging trajectory are evident in how much more explosive the midpalate is. Tart cherry notes come through from the nose, but the taste of white peach, orange blossom, apricot jam, ripe mango, and ruby grapefruit carry the midpalate's refreshing and alluring amount of sugar. The finish initially holds the apricot, strawberry, and honey flavors of the midpalate before giving way to river rocks, a pleasant bitterness, and distinct texture.
The 198 Reserve Riesling is a young and juicy wine that needs at least three to five years of aging to integrate and come into its own, but will reward patient cellaring for up to twenty years.