Saturated ruby. Perfumed, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, tar and licorice. Lush and pliant on entry, then dry and classic in the middle palate. Nicely balanced, persistent wine but the tannins
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) This wine raises the question: Where does its Margaux character leave off and its 35% Merlot content take over? It is far too coy to say "somewhere in the middle", yet the seamless fit of fine pieces ...
Decanter(2003 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Very deep ruby, concentrated, leafy, blackcurrant nose, masses of very ripe fruit, showing richness and integrated tannins, quite powerful, but with the hallmark finesse of Margaux, almost sweet fruit, lovely balance and length. 2008-20. (Tasted en primeur)
Wine Advocate(2004 Vintage) Rating: (87-88) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 165 on Jun-06
Wine Spectator(2004 Vintage)