(2009 Vintage) It features an elegant slow-building attack that yields to intense cherry and plum flavors with hints of camphor and resiny underbrush. The tannins are ultra-refined with no noticeable chalky grip, but with enough time in the mouth, a pleasing firmness emerges. The flavors are concentrated, with a lingering persistent finish.
Wine Advocate(2003 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 162 on Dec-05
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) Wonderfully rich and well-concentrated aromas of sweet oak and optimally ripened cherries make for a stellar start here, and the wine more than lives up to its promise with powerful, keenly proportioned flavors brimming with precise varietal fruit. Big, but beautifully balanced with a long, insistent finish, it is a generous and involving Merlot even now and has the structure and strength to get better with time, and it is certain to reward that patience with increased range and richness when hel...