(2003 Vintage) Good bright ruby-red. Aromas of black raspberry, mocha, tar, brown spices, menthol and black licorice; rather claret-like. Dense and thick on entry, then extremely primary and closed in the middle, but already showing lovely spicy lift and inner-mouth perfume. An infant of a zinfandel, with the strong acidity and substantial ripe tannins
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2006 Vintage) 25% Mixed Blacks. Even the most ardent followers of wines from this famous vineyard are going to wish for more depth of fruit in its latest incarnation. It has the bold, dramatic, vineyard-driven character and tannin that is expected but its ripeness and finishing dryness keep it from reaching its full potential. As always, it wants cellaring, and while the wine will certainly open over time, it still asks for a big gamble.