(From 2007 Vintage) This wine is wonderfully expressive, with aromas of roasting coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate and black cherries. Savory and sweet on the palate, there's a hint of soy that complements the chocolate and berry fruit, gritty but integrated tannins and a firm core that suggests it would benefit from a little cellaring.
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Robert Parker(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 142
Wine Advocate(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 142 on Aug-02
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2005 Vintage) Heavy-handed oak is two-steps ahead of fruit here, and, while the wine may be full-bodied and highly extracted, it is also too tannic for its own good and suffers from a real lack of balance and brightness. Size and richness are often good things in wine, but they need fruit for balance. A big drop in price from its first posting is no help here.