Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesFrom first sniff to finish, this head-turning young wine is nothing less than a classic expression of all that is best in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Its juicy, concentrated aromas are rich in cassis and plentiful sweet oak while finding highlights of mineral and black soil terroir, and its very deep, keenly fruited flavors follow suit. Despite a bit of tannic hardness that is entirely in keeping with its varietal and age, the wine is wonderfully well-balanced and offers plenty of promise for...
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine CellarDeep, bright ruby. Penetrating, vibrant aromas of black fruits, bitter chocolate, graphite and mint. Juicy and intensely flavored, showing more finesse than the 2001 bottling. A huge wine but almost magically light on its feet. Finishes dense and chocolatey, with firm but fine tannins. Looks to be a great vintage in the making for this bottling.
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