The Cariad is loaded with earthy notes of mineral, talc and gravel. With air, the wine unfolds with dark black cherry notes, meaty aromas of grilled steak, and barbecue and curry spices. The texture is oily on entry with an old world structure and bright acidity
International Wine Cellar(2000 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 108, May/June 2003. (a blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 5% petit verdot and 5% cabernet franc; mostly from Madrona Ranch fruit) Good full medium ruby. Big, bright aromas of raspberry, bitter chocolate, minerals and smoke, with an intriguing suggestion of peat. Tangy and bright but also quite glyceral in the middle, with strong, urgent fruit and mineral notes. Energetic, pure wine, finishing very long, with ripe, fine tannins spreading out to coat the palate. A triumph for the vintage.