Stylishly blackcurranty nose. Concentrated, ripe tannins and good acidity. Fine balance and potential. Elegant style. Good length.
(From 2000 Vintage) The 2000 vintage is characterised by its very clean, pleasant, nicely-pronounced fruity qualities (blackberries and cherry) and flesh with great length in the mouth and good acidity providing nice balance. The tannins are present - ripe and in no way astringent. This vintage has more tannic structure than the last and has great ageing potential. Probably the best wine in the last 10 years. 49% Cabernet Sauvignon 38% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc 6% Petit Verdot
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2006 Vintage) 62% Cabernet Sauvignon; 31% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot. If a bit shy on overt fruitiness, this solid young wine comes with a good sense of essential extract and teases with glimmers of black fruits, olive and loamy earth elements in both its concentrated aromas and flavors. It toughens up at the finish as befits a young claret, but its fruit holds on and convinces that a wait of five years is worthwhile.
Robert Parker(From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/21/2009
Wine Spectator(From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/25/2012
Wine Spectator(From 2000 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/31/03
Wine Spectator(From 1988 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/30/98