(2002 Vintage) The Marquis Philips Cabernet was barrel fermented in 100% new American oak and then matured in 20% new French, 60% Fine grain American and 20% medium grain American oaks for 12 months. The fine grain American oak has promoted the varietal definition of the Cabernet and at the same time added light cedar and cigar box characters distinctive to this variety. The French oak has promoted the fine grain structure, and the medium grain American oak integrated and lifted the natural fruit sweetness. Th...
Robert Parker(2003 Vintage) "The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is a much smaller scaled, more evolved Cabernet than the 2002. Its dark ruby color is followed by classic notes of tobacco leaf, creme de cassis, and a touch of toasty, smoky oak. With a medium-bodied, supple finish, it should drink well for 3-4 years."
Wine Advocate(2003 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 155 on Oct-04
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator