(2012 Vintage) Crushed berry, soft oak and cigar box notes create a fragrant appeal that leaves you wanting more. This vintage shows explosive, concentrated fruit in the mouth, with plenty of acidity to balance the ripeness. Spice and black berry compote on the finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2004 Vintage) Extreme in its ripeness and never keen on well-defined fruit, this palate-coating effort offers up glimmers of dried grapes that are overlain with suggestions of smoke and tar. Very full in the mouth and rather viscous in feel, it will defy easy mealtime matching with food but will be liked by fans of full-blown Zins.
Wine Advocate(2004 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 165 on Jun-06