Ruby-red. Expressive nose offers game, spice, tobacco, leather, underbrush, iron and exotic flowers. Supple and fine-grained, with currant and baked plum flavors complicated by chocolate and leather. ...
Plummy aromas, with leaf and tobacco undertones. Medium-bodied, with soft, silky tannins and a medium finish. Balanced and delightful already,
appearance: clear, medium+ ruby nose: clean, medium, developed, slightly blackcurrent, nuttiness,tobacco leaf, mineral, smoky palate: dry, medium+ acidity, medium+ body, alcohol medium, high tannin, fruit intensity medium, mineral, tabacoo, dark chocolate, savory, drink now not age
International Wine Cellar(2002 Vintage) Deep ruby-red. Ripe, deep, brooding aromas of crystallized berries, minerals and spices; much more primary than the 2001. Then very ripe, dense and thick in the mouth, but with the vintage's lively acidity framing the candied berry flavors and extending the finish. This is better than the sample I tasted last year. Contains about 3% malbec, from vines planted in the 1980s.
Wine & Spirits(2000 Vintage) Four days after our panel met, staffers gathered to taste the top wines with their labels revealed, and Ray Isle noted this as an ideal vintage for Gruaud, one in which the fruit can live up to the structure. looking back at my notes across several days, this wine had been fighting its oak when first opened, hinting at rose under the primary fruit intensity. Floral qualities became more distinct over the next two days, the energy rising, the wine brightening to the scent of fresh, floral grapes and rose petals, even as the structure limited all the sweetness of the fruit. Now knowing what this heady, dense wine is, the structure makes sense, as does my note from the first day: gracious as a classic Bordeaux.
Robert Parker(1985 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(1985 Vintage)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2006 Vintage) 60% Cabernet Sauvignon; 30% Merlot; 6% Cabernet Franc; 3% Petit Verdot; 1% Malbec. This curious offering is at once both ripe and slightly herbal in tone with a bias to softness in balance. It never musters more than minimal fruit and comes up a bit dilute on the palate, and we have our doubts about its ability to improve with aging.