(2007 Vintage) This is our first vintage where we added a small amount of merlot and it had a major impact on the wine. In addition to our classic cassis and blackberry, this wine has a layer of rich chocolate accent. The merlot also rounded out the middle of the wine giving it a richer, layered quality. Aromatically the wine leaps from the glass: it starts with a wave of deep fruits, which gives way to hints of mocha and coca. In the mouth it has an initial burst of fruit, but it expands across the palate and eventually gives way to a long fruit driven finish. This is a very seductive wine that will be approachable on release and continue to develop for well over a decade.
Wine Advocate(1999 Vintage) Rating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00
Wine Spectator(1999 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/02
Wine Advocate(2001 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03
Wine Spectator(2001 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/15/04