I have seen a few comments recently about the 1998 vitnage, and a statement that it should have been declassified. I have had a few 1998s over the past year and a half that were not bad, but certainly not equal to other vintages. The same can easily be said for the 2000 cabs that I have had this year, including an Insignia that was showing very well, but simply couldn’t touch 2001, 2002, 2007, etc. The 2003 vintage is probably Napa’s most controversial, with Laube from WS proclaiming it the worst of the decade (if not quarter century), while Parker raved about the vintage as more similar to 2002 than to 1998.
Now, most of the 1998s, 2000s, and many 2003s are selling for massive discounts. The Insignia I had a few weeks ago was around $75 or so. It showed well and probably earned its 93 point score.
So, if you were buying these wines for immediate consumption, which vintage would you pursue, and why? And if you believe one of these vintages is far and away worse than the others, why?
Thank you. This is a legitimate request for opinions and information, not a “stir the pot” post.