(1985 Vintage) The delicate yet attractive fragrance of vanilla, herbs, cassis, and spices is followed by a sculptured, fruity, medium to full-bodied wine with crisp acidity, moderate tannin, and good depth.
(1985 Vintage) One of Napa Valley’s best vintages in a decade, 1985 saw an early bud break, a long, moderate growing season, and dry, warm weather during harvest. Wines are rich, supple, and very aromatic, showing great balance and length.
Wine Spectator(1984 Vintage) Rating: 77/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/04.
Wine Advocate(1984 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 94.
Robert Parker(1997 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 132
Wine Spectator(1997 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(1998 Vintage) A very pleasant wine to be sure, this one wins the day with its ripe cherry and proper cassis aromas buttressed by pushy oak. A supple rounded entry leads to medium-depth, balanced, slightly tannin-toughened flavors, and, once again, oak accents fill out the small gaps in its young fruit. If rising above the vintage in both texture and continuity, and praiseworthy for those entirely significant accomplishments, it is nonetheless quite expensive for what it offers.