International Wine CellarRating: 91-92 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 84, May/June 1999. Dark ruby. Exotic, port-like aromas of blackberry eau de vie, chocolate and shoe polish. Massive, extremely ripe and mouthfilling; shows extraordinary texture and length for the vintage. Like a liqueur. Finishes with major but thoroughly ripe tannins and a mineral firmness that gives the huge fruit shape and grip. An extraordinary achievement for 1997, but then von Neipperg didn't begin harvesting these vines until the very end of September, while some of his neighbors, he notes, began as early as September 5.
Wine AdvocateRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 128.
Wine SpectatorRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator.