93-95RPl improved after a year in barrels. A wine of undeniable richness and intensity, this blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Petit Verdot exhibits notes of graphite, blackberries, black currants, scorched earth/burning embers, white chocolate and cedar. It tastes like a hypothetical blend of a Bordeaux Pauillac and Graves, but with the intensity and opulent fruit of Napa Valley well-displayed. It should be more approachable than the 2007 when it is released, yet last just as long, 20-30+ years.
Wine Advocate(2005 Vintage) Rating: (92-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 168 on Dec-06
Robert Parker(2003 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 162
Wine Advocate(2003 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Advocate on 12/05
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator