The 2000 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was blended from a number of vineyards throughout the mid-Napa Valley. Erratic weather during harvest and a large crop made for variable ripening. Lot selection and careful attention to the blend was particularly important in 2000. Some choice barrels of Merlot in the final blend round out the mouthfeel nicely.
86 Points, Wine Enthusiast:
"A good wine, but a disappointment considering this winery’s track record. Tries to achieve opulence, but the herbal, tobaccoey edge and astringent tannins rule. Finishes dry and puckery, and there’s not enough stuffing to warrant much aging. S.H." (12/31/2003)
Decanter(2005 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Supple, ripe tannins, with ample chunky fruit. A bit raw at the moment, but has good acidity and welcome vigour.
Wine Spectator(2005 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/07.
Wine Enthusiast(1999 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast
Wine Spectator(1999 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator