(From 2010 Vintage) Saturated medium ruby. Cassis, blueberry, licorice, bitter chocolate and minerals on the nose, plus a whiff of creosote. Juicy, savory and tactile but very backward, showing no easy sweetness to its black fruit and mineral flavors. This is even less giving today than the Napa Valley bottling. Today the wine's powerful structure gives the finish a dry edge.
Good full ruby. Brooding aromas of black raspberry, minerals, violet and bitter chocolate. Sweeter, denser and fatter than the 2003 and 2002 Napa bottlings, with claret-like notes of leather, smoke, cedar and graphite. Here the acids are more obviously integrated, but there's still a bit of tarry oak to be absorbed. Finishes with lovely length and lingering sweetness.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2003 Vintage) Richness, elegance, power and grace all come together in this remarkable wine, and, from its first layered scents of currants, cocoa, wildflowers and sandalwood spice, it leaves little doubt that something special is afoot. It is big and expressive but never less than perfectly balanced, and its exceptionally fine and long-lasting flavors show great range and depth. It will be around for years if properly cellared, but the temptations for drinking it in the next few years are considerable.