(From 2005 Vintage) From a year of abundant fruit we selected only the best-of-the-best from our small vineyard blocks. Enticing aromas of blackberry and cassis followed by flavors of black cherry, currant, cassis liqueur, black plum, dark chocolate, spice and tobacco. The juiciness of these flavors comes in a knitting of ripe, round tannins.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 1997 Vintage) A bit of dusty spice tags this one as just a wee bit different in the nose, but the wine's deep, curranty fruit, accents of milk chocolate and close-to-plush feel are very much the stuff of its winemaker and provenance. While never abrasive, this year's version comes with an extra measure of fine-grained structural tannins, and the wine will benefit from be buried in the back of the cellar for at least another five years. Originally reviewed at **.
Wine Spectator(From 1993 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/03.