(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...
Ken's Wine Guide(2004 Vintage) This wine recently won a blind tasting of High End wines that we conducted. This wine stood out for its "Poetry to the Panel." This opaque dark red wine opens with a lovely and inviting crème de ca...
Wine Spectator(2006 Vintage) "Full-blown, ripe and rich, with intense and sharply focused dried currant, wild berry and blackberry fruit that's still fairly tannic at this stage. Ends with a long, persistent finish. Best from 2010 through 2015. 33,900 cases made. - JL"
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/07/2013
Wine Spectator(2005 Vintage) "A showy young wine that's smooth, rich and concentrated. Delivers firm, intense yet supple layers of currant, cedar, toasty, cedary oak and tannins that firm up, offering hints of mineral, sage and dusty berry. Best from 2009 through 2013. 32,344 cases made."
Wine Advocate(2005 Vintage) Rating: (92-94) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06