(From 2001 Vintage) Deep ruby color. Huge cherry/berry fruit, with spice, dark cocoa powder and sweet toasty vanilla oak in the nose. This wine is big and dense with ripe, bright dark fruit flavors with hints of tobacco and French oak vanilla, it finishes with elegantly concentrated tannins.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Jul-06
Wine News(From 2005 Vintage)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2004 Vintage) 19% Cabernet Sauvignon; 4% Petit Verdot. Despite the wine's famous site, it is surprisingly on the dry side for Merlot, and the ripe cherry and cassis notes that do show up in nose and flavor are required to fight through fairly tough tannins. It will likely age into a smoother, more open effort with time, and the vineyard's past performance both with Sterling and with Duckhorn provide reasons for optimism.
Wine Spectator(From 2004 Vintage)
Wine & Spirits(From 1997 Vintage)