(From 2004 Vintage) Ripe and rich cassis fruit dominates the nose [of this wine], with hints of toast and crushed autumn leaves. On the palate it is a full-bodied, densely textured wine with luscious, solid tannins.
(From 1999 Vintage) Artist Series Reserve. Decidedly ripe with hints of dark chocolate and dried currants in league with a big dollop of creamy oak, the nose of this full-bodied wine finds an fairly exacting parallel in ...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2003 Vintage) 15% Petit Verdot. As this deep and generous wine comfortably attests, ripeness is no liability when matched by plentiful fruit. It is wonderfully fleshy in feel with a fine sense of solidity and lots of extracted currants and sweet oak paving its way. Never once does it make even the least bow to softness, and both its tannin and alcohols are buffered by long-lasting, well-focused fruit. It can easily be cellared for five years or more, but its few youthful edges present no immediate problems, an...
Wine Spectator(From 2003 Vintage)