Wine Spectator(2004 Vintage)
Robert Parker(2004 Vintage)
International Wine Cellar(2004 Vintage) ($250; Red-ruby. Superripe cherry and cassis complicated by crystallized flowers, licorice, coconut, patchouli oil, cinnamon and earth. A huge wine with outstanding depth of flavor; downright creamy in the mid-palate but with fruit of steel and near-exotic sweetness. The wine's minerality and sound acids contribute to an impression of power. Finishes with explosive, liqueur-like persistence. Due to the hot harvest conditions, Woodbridge and winemaker Philippe Melka used a radical "cryogenic macer...
International Wine Cellar(2005 Vintage) Bright, deep ruby-red. Knockout aromas of sappy red fruits and menthol; reminded me of a Pomerol. Lush, deep and energetic, with terrific floral lift and detail to the superconcentrated raspberry, spice and dark chocolate flavors. Finishes lush and broad, with palate-staining persistence and terrific verve. This spent 40 to 50 days on its skins, according to owner Jayson Woodbridge. The best vintage yet for this lush and satisfying bottling.