(From «nv» Vintage) Deep, saturated ruby-red. Sweet aromas of cassis, coffee and licorice. Superconcentrated, voluptuous and seamless, with outstanding density of fruit. The compellingly sweet, urgent dark berry flavors carry through to an extremely long, broad, sweetly tannic finish.
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Wine Advocate(From 2001 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 164 on Apr-06
Wine & Spirits(From 2004 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/07.
Wine Advocate(From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 164 on Apr-06
Wine Enthusiast(From 2008 Vintage) "Dense, aromatic, layered and rich, this wine explodes from the glass with scents and flavors of concentrated berries, cassis, black cherry, and more. The vines have reached a mature stage that amplifies the fruit and keeps the generous barrel flavors in perfect balance. The barrel notes roll on in a chorus of toasty accents, and the finish is as good in the last minute as the first whiff from the glass."
Wine & Spirits(From 2007 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 10/09. This is a savory merlot, drawn from Seven Hills, Loess, Pepper Bridge and Mill Creek Upland fruit. It leads with a meaty scent, like air-dried, spice-rubbed beef; the flavors are dense and savory. With air, the dried plum and cherry fills out the formidable structure, a clear indication of a wine that will age.