(From 2011 Vintage) The colour is deep, opaque, beautifully clear. The first impression on the eye is one of density. In the palate, the texture is velvety and suave. There is good tension and freshness in the remarkably long finish. The oak is extremely well integrated, giving way to black fruit and violet notes. This vintage is characterized by its round, unctuous mid-palate, finishing on that little touch of wicked tastiness particularly appreciated at La Pointe.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesThis wonderfully extracted effort reflects all of the ripeness and rich fruit to be found in 2005 clarets, and it does so while staying remarkably well-balanced. It is a mouthfilling Merlot, but one that is also supple and silky, and it ends with a very long, ripe-cherry finish with immense fruity substance offsetting its slight but evident heat. Set it aside for at least five years of smoothing.