(From 2009 Vintage) The lengthy cool growing season endowed this wine with inky, midnight color, lively aromas and luxuriant flavors of black fruit that are rich and juicy down to the core, with enticing layers of cocoa, black tea, spice, subtle toast and the kind of mouthfeel you only get with ripe, silky Stags Leap District tannins. A pleasing overall balance keeps the elements together giving the wine a delicious sense of completeness.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesThis comparatively polished, fully developed wine is both open and well-appointed with fruit at this point. It is supple and rounded in feel with scattered suggestions of olives, loam and tea running its length, and if fairly mature, it is in no danger of fading away soon. Originally reviewed at **.
Wine AdvocateRating: 89/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 81 on Jun-92