(2012 Vintage) with deep, ripe aromas of crushed blackberries, dark cherries, bittersweet chocolate and violets. The highly saturated black-fruit flavors echo the aromas as they expand across the palate and persiston the finish. Nuances of toffee and toasted oak spices, from aging in 100 percent new French oak barrels, add even more complexity.
An extraordinary wine, dense, rich and earthy, with broad, plush tannins and tiers of complex currant, earth, cedar, black cherry, mineral and anise flavors. Keeps a tight focus on the long, rich, detailed aftertaste. Best from 2002 through 2010. 17,000 cases made.
Wine Advocate(1966 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 80 on Apr-92
Wine Spectator(1967 Vintage) Rating: 82/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/29/00
Wine Spectator(1969 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/29/00
Wine Spectator(1981 Vintage)
Robert Parker(1981 Vintage)