(2009 Vintage) With Alec already starting high school it’s feeling like life in the fast lane. Top Gear is actually his favorite TV show and this new blend of 80% Syrah, 17% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon packs plenty of power and youthful pleasure. Sappy black cherry and blueberry fruits are injected with clove and vanilla oak spice plus traces of truffle and sandalwood. Lively off the line, the palate performs with all the complex componentry and smooth power of a 4-valve, liquid-cooled 4-stroke engine.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2002 Vintage) There is no getting around the fact that this very showy bottling owes much to its lavish oak, but in the nose, flavor and finish, it delivers all of the well-defined fruit that any would-be critic will want. Big-bodied and very broad-shouldered with a rich, fleshy feel, it is a mouthfilling wine that continues the winery's long run of red wine successes, and its impressive sense of structure, strength and riveting depth are sure to keep it going for decade or more.
Wine Advocate(2002 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 157 on Feb-05
Wine Spectator(2002 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/31/04
Wine Spectator(2009 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/29/2012