(From 2006 Vintage)
Dense purple color with extracted, toasty aromas of blackberry reduction, black currant and bittersweet cocoa. It is firm and beautiful on the palate with fruit flavors, firm tannins and phenolic balance for longevity. This concentrated wine leaves a long, lingering finish. 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6%
Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec.
95 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate:
"Most of the fruit comes from the Stagecoach Vineyard and the Waters Ranch. Sweet, smoky, meaty aromas interwoven with melted asphalt, camphor, blackberry, cassis, and charcoal scents emerge from the complex aromatics. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, displaying sweet tannin, a concentrated mouthfeel, and a long, heady finish with substantial fruit, glycerin, and extract. It should drink beautifully for 20+ years." (Dec. 2008)
93 Points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
"Good medium ruby. Musky aromas of black raspberry, mocha and smoke. Ripe, lush, seamless and deep; broad for the vintage, with plenty of mid-palate stuffing to support its tannins. This, too, is still youthfully unevolved and will need longer to express its inherent sweetness. Like the 2006 merlot, this merited a score at the high end of my original projected range." (May/June 2009)
"The 2003 Proprietary Red (86.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec, aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels) is a killer. Deep ruby/purple-colored, with a big, smoky, fragrant nose of creme de cassis, smoked meats, plum, and licorice, it boasts great intensity, rich, full-bodied, powerful flavors, decent acidity, moderate tannin, and tremendous persistence. It has put on weight since I tasted it last year out of barrel, and should drink well for 15 or...
Wine SpectatorRating: Barrel Tasting - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/04.
Robert ParkerRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 162
Wine AdvocateRating: (90-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 157 on Feb-05