(1996 Vintage) 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Average vine age is 37 years. In order to retain the advantage of older vines, the renewal of the vines is not done in lots, but periodically throughout the vineyard. Each vine that is replaced is identified by a yellow plastic ring, making them easily identifiable so they can be harvested before the main harvest in order to avoid any confusion. This isolation of the young vines continues for 8 years. The 124 acres produce around 20,000 cases.
International Wine Cellar(2003 Vintage) Red-ruby. Explosive aromas of plum liqueur, currant, minerals and lead pencil. Huge, lush, sweet and utterly seamless; this has the palate-caressing texture of liquid velvet. About as deep as this extreme vintage gets. Finishes with noble, compellingly sweet tannins and great length. This is amazing wine, and only its exotic character prevented me from giving it an even higher score. Interestingly, the IPT here is 65, compared to 67 for the 2005. But this voluminous and powerful wine will be more...
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/28/07
Wine Spectator(1996 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/31/1999
Robert Parker(1996 Vintage) Rating: 99/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 06/25/2000