(1997 Vintage) Dark, brooding, complex. Purple edges in the glass. From a great vintage. Plums, blueberry, black cherry fruit. Dried flowers. Smoky, integrated oak. Softly tannic. Round feel.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2003 Vintage) Richness, elegance, power and grace all come together in this remarkable wine, and, from its first layered scents of currants, cocoa, wildflowers and sandalwood spice, it leaves little doubt that something special is afoot. It is big and expressive but never less than perfectly balanced, and its exceptionally fine and long-lasting flavors show great range and depth. It will be around for years if properly cellared, but the temptations for drinking it in the next few years are considerable.