(2005 Vintage) GRAPE VARIETIES: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon 15% Cabernet Franc FERMENTATION: A period of contact with the skins of approximately 15 days in temperature controlled steel vats with a combination of pumping over of the cap and 'delestage' AGING AND REFINEMENT The wine is aged in French oak barriques (one third new oak) for 24 months. The wine is refined for 6 months in bottles before release PRODUCTION: Approximately 180,000 bottles
Wine EnthusiastRating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast.
Wine SpectatorRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator.
Wine & Spirits(2005 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 04/09 The cabernet franc (15 percent) here seems to wrap the cassis and black cherry richness of cabernet sauvignon with the spiciness of fresh red peppercorns. Savory and bound for several hours, this becomes silky and elegant with air, the rich fruit supported by firm, earthy tannins. Deep and impressively structured, this is suited for a decade or more in the cellar.
Wine Advocate(2005 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 07/08
Wine Spectator(2005 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator