(2000 Vintage) Very forward, complex, almost floral, slightly herbal nose of spicy, ripe strawberry-black cherry fruit, wild mushrooms and nicely integrated vanillin oak. Round and luscious on the palate, the wine is bursting with delicious, layered flavors of raspberries and wild strawberries, licorice and cinnamon-clove spice reminiscent of a great Burgundy. A magnificent, superbly balanced wine with soft, ripe tannins and a long, lingering finish.
Wine Spectator(2000 Vintage) Dark and rich, with intense, lively black cherry and blackberry that pick up complex mineral, leather, anise and sage notes. finishes with a long, complex aftertaste. Has the intensity and concentration for short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2008. 1,300 cases made. (JL)
Wine Advocate(2001 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 149 on Oct-03