(From 2005 Vintage) #x Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008"Superrich, smooth and creamy. A seductive style that balances ripe, concentrated currant, cherry, fresh earth, mineral and sage notes with toasty, cedary oak. Ends with a powerful yet elegant finish that keeps pumping out the flavors. Fine-grained tannins bode well for the future. Drink now through 2015."Wine Spectator96 Points
95 pts Wine Spectator, 93 pts International Wine Cellar. WS review: Has gained with age; still big, bold, ripe and expressive, with tiers of juicy plum, blackberry, chocolate brownie and espresso, yet for all its girth it's elegant and graceful, ending with a touch of kirsch. 2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2019. 650 cases made.
WA 96 WS 95 RETROSPECTIVE 2011-WA 96
Robert Parker"The blockbuster 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon (a 650-case blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec) tips the scales at a lofty 15.1% alcohol, but it is neither hot nor heavy. An inky/blue/purple color is followed by sumptuous aromas of espresso roast, melted licorice, fudge, creme de cassis, and blackberries. This low acid, full-bodied 2001 possesses tremendous intensity, a massive palate impression, and no trace of heaviness or heat from its high octane style. The ta...