(2006 Vintage) Complex aromas of dark fruit, spice and balanced oak notes. In addition to the classic Cabernet characters of black cherry, blackberry and cassis, there are also notes of black licorice, star anise, coriander and bay leaf spices. Starting with a ripe, bold mouth-feel, there is a wonderful complexity to this vintage. Ripe fruit, cherry candy and floral characters linger as layers of fruit continue to reveal themselves. There is an earthy, mature tannin texture from the Rutherford Dust and mountain vineyards that contribute to create a bitter-sweet cocoa powder taste and feel.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesAlthough hard-charging ripeness is an omnipresent factor here, this bottling has the requisite fruit to succeed where many of its kin come up short. Fairly full-bodied and decidedly fleshy in feel, it is measured in tannin and keeps its heat nicely hidden for a wine of its temperment. Classic Cabernet complexity is simply not what it is about, but those seeking a very rich and outgoing wine will find lots to like. 1BI$45.00 ** 91 NIEBAUM-COPPOLA Rubicon Rutherford 2001 Napa Valley. 5% Merlot; 3% ...
Wine SpectatorRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/31/05