(1997 Vintage) The grapes for this wine were destemmed, but not crushed, minimizing bitter tannin extraction from the seeds. Gentle handling meant we were able to deliver a substantial percentage of berries for fermentation, yielding powerful, mouth-filling, bright fruit flavors. One third of the blend underwent primary fermentation in rotary fermentors which maximize grape skin contact, while the rest completed fermentation in upright fermenters. Extended fermentation for an average of seven days allowed ...
Wine Advocate(1999 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 142 on Aug-02
Wine Spectator(1999 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/28/02
Wine & Spirits(2001 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
Wine Enthusiast(2002 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast