Intense, dark ruby red. Chocolate, molasses and a blend of cassis and forest berries create a complex nose where fresh coffee, leather, forest cedar and grilled citrus zests appear subtly throughout the evolution. Frank elegance and a refined structure are revealed on the round and supple attack. Caramel harmonizes with smoky dark cocoa and ripe tannins for a beautifully smooth finish. A wine defined by balance, complexity and class.
International Wine Cellar(2003 Vintage) Saturated ruby. Explosive, powerful aromas of creme de cassis, blackberry, cherry preserves and smoked meat, complicated further by notes of licorice, an almost iron-like peaty quality and espresso. Broad, dense and lush, the dark fruit qualities repeating with great authority on the palate and showing impressive sweetness but also focus and persistence. This has the length and complexity of a high-end Bordeaux, and a concentration and sweetness that bode well for long-term development.
International Wine Cellar(2004 Vintage) Ruby-red.Understated redcurrant and cherry aromas are complicated by smoky herbs, tobacco and minerals. Graceful red fruit flavors stain the palate, taking a bitter cherry turn on the firmly tannic but silky finish and leaving behind a strong impression of floral pastille. This is one suave, deep wine.
Wine Advocate(2005 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 06/07
Wine Spectator(1998 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/01
Wine Enthusiast(1998 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast