Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2004 Vintage) 10% Sangiovese. Sure, its ripeness shows a bit, but it is fruit that tells the story here, not to mention balance, layering and caramel-smelling, creamed-coffee notes of generously laid-on oak. Nicely supple on the palate and tending ever so slightly to fleshiness in spite of its firming spine of age-providing tannins, this one runs to red berries as much as to blackberry in its character, and even though heat rises a bit at the end, the wine never loses sight of its central fruitiness.
International Wine Cellar(2003 Vintage) Red-ruby. Spicy dark berries and a resiny nuance on the high-toned nose. Very sweet, creamy and exotic in the mouth, with flavors of dark berries and orange peel. Fat and stuffed with fruit. Long finish features dusty but sweet tannins. Also tasted: 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, 2003 Syrah Napa Valley.
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage)