(2008 Vintage) Nose: Ripe freshy fruit and berries lead of this highly aromatic wine.
Later, the tobacco, coffee and chocolate comes through yet is well married with the vanilla.
Palate: Agreeable, mature tannins elegantly convey the best expressions of the Puente Alto vines. The pleasant, long finish displays great harmony and balance in this vintage.
Wine Advocate(1996 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate.
Wine Spectator(1996 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator.
Wine Spectator(2007 Vintage) "Still a touch tight, but dense, focused and layered, with well-integrated structure underneath loam, blackberry, espresso, tobacco and sage notes. The long finish has nice drive, with the loam edge stretching out. This has the poise and balance for cellaring. Drink now through 2017. 8,900 cases made."
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(1998 Vintage) Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on May-06
Wine Advocate(1998 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 140 on Apr-02