(1996 Vintage) With more herbs, cedar, and tea than its ’97 sibling, this vintage offers alluring aromatics and elegantly balanced fruit flavors. In the glass you’ll find deep color with a ring of brick at the edge, as well as a silky texture and maturing fruit, showing plush black currant and dark spice with a long finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(1997 Vintage) A bit of dusty spice tags this one as just a wee bit different in the nose, but the wine's deep, curranty fruit, accents of milk chocolate and close-to-plush feel are very much the stuff of its winemaker and provenance. While never abrasive, this year's version comes with an extra measure of fine-grained structural tannins, and the wine will benefit from be buried in the back of the cellar for at least another five years. Originally reviewed at **.
Robert Parker(1997 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(1997 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(1993 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/03.