(2008 Vintage) Aromatic elegance leads to rich, focused flavors of blackberry, black cherry, dark chocolate, cola, cassis, juicy black and red cherry, black tea, with spice and warm toast. Ripe, silken tannins result in a pleasing, lengthy finish, smooth texture, and a refined structure which offers the potential for very long term aging.
Planet Grape(2011 Vintage) Decadent, rich, and young, this benchmark American wine has notes of cassis, cherry cobbler, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, black olive, and graphite.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(1997 Vintage) A bit of dusty spice tags this one as just a wee bit different in the nose, but the wine's deep, curranty fruit, accents of milk chocolate and close-to-plush feel are very much the stuff of its winemaker and provenance. While never abrasive, this year's version comes with an extra measure of fine-grained structural tannins, and the wine will benefit from be buried in the back of the cellar for at least another five years. Originally reviewed at **.
Robert Parker(1997 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(1997 Vintage)