(From 1995 Vintage) The vine here requires constant attention and numerous tasks to be carried out during the year. The quality of the grapes remains an obsession, a healthy harvest being a prerequisite for a successful vinification. The grapes are picked manually and are sent to the cellars so that the person in charge can control the vinification and the maturing of the wine. From then on there is a change of hands, not a change of destiny. The cellar master is there to attend to the year's offering and to master it. Everyone is at their post, the grapes are sorted again, chosen, selected by both man and machine. The destemmer performs its task and the grape bunch finds itself bare. The grapes are free - for a little while. The twisting pipes and the power of the machines are there so that the mixture of pulp, juice and skin find refuge in the large wooden vats to ferment. Fruit of heaven and the sun, the story of this grape ends in the silence of the vat room. The story of the wine may now begin.
Cassis and red currant aromas give way to some dusty cedar and notes of Indianspice; classic Gruaud Larose! There is an upfront sweetness to the palate witha deep core of black fruit that is guided and honed by fine drying tannins. Theacidity is in perfect balance, suggesting this will age superbly. (Adam Bilbey - Fine Wine Sales Executive -Oct-08 )
Moderately saturated red-ruby. Currant and plum aromas along with strong cedary oak. Juicy, minerally and sweet, with very good energy to the subtly intense fruit and nutty oak flavors. Finishes with ...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines60% Cabernet Sauvignon; 30% Merlot; 6% Cabernet Franc; 3% Petit Verdot; 1% Malbec. This curious offering is at once both ripe and slightly herbal in tone with a bias to softness in balance. It never musters more than minimal fruit and comes up a bit dilute on the palate, and we have our doubts about its ability to improve with aging.
Wine SpectatorRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 4/07