Firm, concentrated and well-built, with a tight band of cedar, dried berry, black licorice and crushed rock. Ends with good length and depth.
(From 2010 Vintage) This plush, seductive Cabernet features classic Rutherford Bench flavors of black cherry, cassis and ripe plum layered with subtle notes of licorice and mocha. Beautifully balanced, with smooth, well-integrated tannins and wonderful ripeness.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2002 Vintage) Fairly ripe, hinting ever so slightly at raisins and geared to dark chocolate from beginning to end, this weighty but rather stolid and lackluster wine runs into abrupt finishing tannins and dulls out to dryness without having given more than a passing glance in the direction of fruit.
Wine Spectator(From 1994 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/31/98
Wine Spectator(From 1993 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/97
Wine Enthusiast(From 2007 Vintage) "Darker and richer than Amici’s second label (Olema), this is anchored by ripe cassis and chocolate flavors. Cedary oak and minty accents add complexity, while the mouthfeel is velvety soft, finishing with a touch of warmth. Probably best consumed over the next few years." --Steve Heimoff
Beverage Dynamics(From 2007 Vintage) "Winemaker Joel Aiken's first vintage with Amici Cellars coupled with a fantastic vintage from Napa has created a lush and aromatic wine; balanced rich flavors of cocoa and spice layered over dark mountain berry fruit notes; firm tannins give this wine structure and focus."