(From 2001 Vintage) From a legendary vintage this Hillside Select offers aromatic, elegant black berry, currant, black cherry, cola, and cassis; rich, stylish dark fruit flavors, with a balanced seasoning of minerals, smoke, vanilla, tobacco, and herbs; a core of sweetness is the prelude to a long finish of chocolate and spice surrounded by the classic silky tannins of the Stags Leap District.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesThe Cabernets of 1985 came with high expectations and were praised by many, ourselves included, for their firmness and ageworthy structures. As it turns, too few really blossomed and too many are as rigid now as they were in there youths. This textbook 1985 wine is very much built in a tighter, arguably refined style, and while still firm at the edges, it needs to be drunk up soon. Originally reviewed at **.