Due to the spring frost, just fewer than 1000 cases of this commanding wine were produced, and boy does this vintage shine! Succulent strawberry, blueberry, plum, dark chocolate and roasted coffee notes seduce the nose, while the lush palate provides layers of fruit and a weighty finish that avoids becoming ponderous due to just the right amount of acidity. 83% Cabernet Franc was blended with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from our terraced Chalk Hill block and 2% Merlot from our Wind Whistle block, adding structure and balancing the wine's unctuous nature.
Blend: 83% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot
Wine Advocate(2004 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06
Wine Advocate(1995 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 112 on Aug-97
International Wine Cellar(2001 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 108, May/June 2003 ($45; these vines on quartz gravel yielded less than a ton of fruit per acre) Opaque black ruby. Deep, meaty aromas of roasted black raspberry, mocha and milk chocolate. Lush, sweet and stuffed with fruit; flavors of wild dark berries, dark chocolate, coffee, mocha and meat. Has just enough acidity to maintain its shape. In a decidedly late-harvest style, with huge, broad, thoroughly ripe ta...
Robert Parker(2001 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 150
Wine Advocate(2001 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03