With a color saturation of purple ruby, this wine feels difficult to resist. First impressions on the nose reveal roasted herbs, grilled meat juices, juniper berry, black cherries and chocolate liqueur. Secondary aromas of terroir evolve out of this wine, such as wet clay, crushed rock, lavendar and mineral. On the palate, the wine has a supple entry with layers of lusciously textured tannin. A fresh natural acidity brings just the right amount of structure to the palate. The finish is vibrant and long. Drink 2011 through 2040. Service: Decant 2 to 3 hours ahead of time at a temperature of 55 to 65F.
International Wine CellarGood deep ruby-red. Highly nuanced nose offers raspberry, violet, minerals, licorice, mocha, tobacco and flowers, plus a whiff of game. Large-scaled, fat and rich; a bit plumper and more oily in the middle than the Tychson Hill and Herb Lamb offerings but ultimately less nuanced. But this impressively sweet and sexy wine is a no-brainer for those who can find and afford it. Finishes broad and spicy, with very fine-grained tannins. This is mostly from vines planted in the late '80s in Madrona Vine...
Wine AdvocateRating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 12/07.