(From 1993 Vintage) Deep garnet-brick colour. Fragrant aromas of dried cranberries, prunes, cinnamon and cumin giving way to subtler earthy notes of leather and tar. A lot of discernable fruit remains on the palate framed by crisp acidity and a medium level of grainy tannins. Very long, layered finish.
A great marriage of fruit and oak, with incredibly deep, rich, concentrated flavors. Has lavish oak and ripe, intense currant, black cherry, anise and plum flavors that keep on developing in an amazingly complex wine.
1987 followed the same early bud break pattern established in 1984. The growing season was dry, cool, and moderately long. An earlier-than-normal harvest yielded clean, well-balanced fruit. Showing great structure, the wines are generous and intense.
Robert Parker(From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 132
Wine Spectator(From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 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.
Robert Parker(From 2000 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(From 1984 Vintage) Rating: 77/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/04.