(2007 Vintage) Whole uncrushed grape berries fermented in small oak vats at 28°C and extraction with manual pigeage (punching down the cap). Aged in barrel on the lees for 18 months (60% new barrels, made at the estate's own cooperage) and only racked once. Duration of ageing was adjusted to each wine.
varietals dinner 1/10/12. sometimes grassy quality. compared to "cat's pee.". Bordeaux. compared w Ca Araujo SB Slightly sweeter than haut lafitte, but HL is a good food wine. paired better with the seabass than Ca counterpart.
tried at altaya tasting 2010 - peach, citrus - can store for 5-10 years
Jk 90 sa 92
Wine Advocate(2003 Vintage) Rating: (90-92) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 152 on Apr-04
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) The evident ripeness and outwardly juicy fruit that defines much of this bottling are not the stuff of classic Bordeaux, and, while they may be anathema to some, the rest of us will find plenty of pleasure in the wine's ongoing richness and depth. There are ample tannins at work, to be sure, but they are never abrasive or overly tough, and, as tasty as the wine is early on, it seems a very good bet to gain in complexity and polish if allowed to rest for another four to six years.
Robert Parker(2007 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 04/01/2010
Wine Spectator(1998 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/31/01