(From 2007 Vintage) Plush aromas of cassis, black cherry, perfume and vanilla are interwoven with tobacco, cedar and cocoa. On the palate the wine is dense and concentrated with a finish that is long and complex.
Oaky aromas of black fruits, dark chocolate and mint. Very ripe, thick and rich; lovely sweetness and breadth of texture. Grew lusher as it opened in the glass. Enticing flavor of black raspberry. Finishes very long, with big, ripe tannins.
Wine Spectator(From 2008 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/21/2011
Wine Enthusiast(From 2004 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/05
Wine & Spirits(From 2001 Vintage) The 2001 Profile is an excellent wine, but recent vintages are even stronger. The fully mature 2001, a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, exhibits a dense plum/garnet color as well as a sweet perfume of tobacco leaf, incense, roasted herbs and red and black currants. Good opulence and a lush texture result in an attractive attack and mid-palate. Then the wine softens and seems fully mature. However, in a cold cellar it will last another 7ndash;10 years.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2001 Vintage) 65% Cabernet Sauvignon; 27% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 3% Petit Verdot. Despite its involving trappings of rich, slightly smoky oak and its attractive touches of olives, earth and herbs, this full and fleshy youngster wants for a more active sense of basic fruit. Still a bit bound up in tannic toughness, it holds out hope for the future, but its parting bow to dryness and its very ambitious price raise just enough doubt in our minds to win it less than unlimited endorsement.