(From 1993 Vintage) Deep garnet-brick colour. Fragrant aromas of dried cranberries, prunes, cinnamon and cumin giving way to subtler earthy notes of leather and tar. A lot of discernable fruit remains on the palate framed by crisp acidity and a medium level of grainy tannins. Very long, layered finish.
(From 2007 Vintage) The 2007 has terrific black currant fruit, licorice, incense, and subtle smoke, an opulent, even voluptuous mouthfeel, dazzling purity and texture, and a skyscraper-like mouthfeel. This is a sensational Opus One, with sweet tannin and impressive precision and depth.
Amazing!!!! Celebrated with this when my wife and I found out our twins on the way are... A boy and a girl! We have two wonderful girls already and found out our twins on the way will be a boy and a girl. Ok.. My wife didn't drink any of course, I drank it all to celebrate!
A soft, creamy entry gives way to a concentrated mid-palate that expands in the mouth and lingers on the finish. Elements of cassis, toffee and cocoa round out the rich flavors of the wine. Intense fruit, bright acid and sturdy tannins promise resilience and longevity.
Dark crimson red. Big cherry, pepper, blueberry, black current, cherry. High tannin and medium acidity. Drank at 10 years.
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One of my most favorite wines
still too young
Robert Parker(From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 132
Wine Spectator(From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 1998 Vintage) A very pleasant wine to be sure, this one wins the day with its ripe cherry and proper cassis aromas buttressed by pushy oak. A supple rounded entry leads to medium-depth, balanced, slightly tannin-toughened flavors, and, once again, oak accents fill out the small gaps in its young fruit. If rising above the vintage in both texture and continuity, and praiseworthy for those entirely significant accomplishments, it is nonetheless quite expensive for what it offers.
Robert Parker(From 2000 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(From 1984 Vintage) Rating: 77/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/04.