1998 Sine Qua Non - Hedonist's Gazette - June 2007: Another brilliant course was the morel mushroom and asparagus consomm in a rich broth with skate, calamaretti, and abalone. With this course, Manfred Krankl chose to serve two of his Grenache-based cuves. The 1998 The Antagonists, from a cool year, has turned out superbly. I have had this wine several times recently, and while I do not see as much Grenache character in it as I do in the perfect 2000 Incognito, The Antagonists is remarkably elegant, beautifully rich, and restrained. One of Californias greatest achievements in this vintage, its deep plum/ruby color is followed by notes of underbrush, kirsch, black fruits, licorice, and pepper.