(2002 Vintage) In this vintage, the combination that showed what I consider the best characteristics of the vintage for Cabernet—rich yet rounded, extracted yet fully evolved, immediately appealing yet full of promise for the future—came from our estate vineyard in Rutherford and two other valley floor vineyards where we have given very close attention to viticulture choices that boost fruit intensity, especially clonal selection and vine density, in recent years. The result is very rewarding to me: an author...
(2002 Vintage) Consistency of quality and full, sweet ripeness were the hallmarks of this vintage. For aging the wine, we selected the French oak barrels from five coopers because we like the layered flavors that result from their different styles of cooperage. We aged the wines for 20 months before assembling the final blend, which also included a small amount of firm, extracted Merlot from Carneros for additional complexity. The wine's color is a dense, saturated dark ruby color. The dominant aromas are o...
Wine Spectator(1994 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/31/97
Wine Advocate(1994 Vintage) Rating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 102 on Dec-95
Wine Advocate(1994 Vintage) Rating: (94-96) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 104 on Apr-96
Wine Spectator(1994 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/04
Robert Parker(1994 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate