93 Points, Wine Spectator:
"Excellent balance and depth of flavor to this Cabernet blend, with mocha-laced oak wrapped around ripe currant and blackberry fruit. It's seamless, and reveals extra flavor dimensions and elements of finesse that draw you back for another sip. Best from 2004 through 2012. 6,700 cases made. –JL" (10/15/2002)
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast:
"A blend of four varieties dominated by Cabernet, grown in seven vineyards, this represents current tastes in Napa. It’s extremely rich in ripe blackberry and cassis flavors, made up with richly smoked oak. The tannins are ultrasoft, and so are the acids. —S.H." (12/31/2002)
(From 2011 Vintage) Aromas of dark sweet cherry, black currant, dark plum, integrated spice and toast notes and some dried herb. Very sweet, exuberant fruit including red currant, green tea, dried rose petals, delicate fresh herbs and oak notes of toffee and cigar box. Sweet black fruit on the entry opens to a rich, velvety mid-palate. The weight and concentration in this wine are balanced by flavors of dark ripe cherry, berry and plum, along with cocoa, spice and subtle dried herb.
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.