(From 2010 Vintage) Good bright ruby-red. Knockout nose combines blackberry, licorice, cocoa powder, minerals, pepper and sexy spice oils. Then juicy and gripping in the mouth, with superb energy to the flavors of blackberry, cocoa, licorice and violet. An impression of peppery acidity adds punch to the middle palate and extends the flavors on the extremely long, rising finish, which features toothdusting tannins.
(From 2008 Vintage) Fleshy and ripe with good balance and soft tannins.
Robert Parker"The 2003 La Muse (a blend of 83.5% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Malbec) is sourced from three vineyards, Bennett Valley, Alexander Valley, and Knight's Valley. An elegant, sweet nose of espresso roast, chocolate, berries, kirsch, smoke, incense, and roasted meats is followed by a full-bodied, unctuously-textured wine with superb fruit, richness, complexity, and length. Its sweet tannin and heady personality suggest current accessibility as well as the ability...
Wine AdvocateRating: (95-97) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 157 on Feb-05