(From 2002 Vintage) "On the nose, the fruit emerges as delicate, golden, muted exotic fruits – mango and kiwifruit – and dried fruit – hazelnut, almond and fig. A touch of iodine enhances this wine’s flawless nose. The mild spices reflect the wine’s depth – white pepper, smoked tea and cocoa. On the palate: A wine with depth but also honed, precise, in harmony. Voluptuous delicacy with meringue notes. Subtle nuances evoke distant lands – mint tea, lime, kumquat and exotic fruits such as pineapple and candied ginger.
Wine Spectator(From 1988 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/30/02.
Wine & Spirits(From NV Vintage) Rating: 77.2/100 - As reviewed by Int'l Wine & Spirits Comp. on 11/01/06.
Wine Enthusiast(From NV Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From NV Vintage) This blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir impressed us for its precise, incisive and expansive aromas of aged yeast, citrus and biscuits. It suggests age yet has the vitality of youth, and its tiny bubbles and creamy, rich deep flavors project the wine to the upper reaches of the list in its current iteration. It may be that others get the publicity and enjoy greater cachet, but this wine clearly belongs in the club.