2004 Levy & McClellan - Red 750ml

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2004 Levy & McClellan - Red
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International Wine Cellar | 93

($325; cabernet sauvignon with 5% merlot) Deep medium ruby. Complex, pure aromas of cassis, mocha, brown spices, licorice and menthol. Chewy, lush and aromatic in the mouth, with remarkable intensity and depth for a vineyard planted in 1999. Thoroughly ripe flavors of dark berries and spices. What I like best about this wine is its layered texture and very sweet, ripe, fine-grained tannins. This is the new venture of husband-and-wife team Bob Levy (winemaker at Harlan Estate and Bond) and Martha McClellan (Sloan and Blankiet), from a vineyard leased from McClellan's parents. The budbreak in this site on Franz Valley School Road, at an altitude of 600 to 700 feet, occurs later than in Oakville, and afternoon wind routinely cools things down during the peak of summer, according to Levy.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 132

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Wine Advocate | 99

The exquisite 2004 Proprietary Red Wine offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, licorice, Asian plum sauce, black currants and a hint of underlying minerality. Full-bodied yet beautifully silky and seductive, it has shed most of its tannins, resulting in a complex, singular red wine of majestic proportions. The finish is among the longest of any 2004 I tasted, and gorgeous levels of fruit and extract hide any notions of new oak. This cuvee tastes like a hypothetical blend of a great Pauillac, Pessac-Leognan and Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It should drink well over the next two decades.

Drink Dates: 2014-2034
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 212

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Wine Spectator | 95

A rich, savory, extracted style, with strong mocha-espresso bean and spicy currant flavors that are intense, focused, long and persistent, ending with firm, ripe tannins. Combines power with finesse. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.

Drink Dates: 2008-2015
Author: James Laube


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Score: 95
Author: Johnnymd
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 05/02/2013
Slight burnt rubber flavor but with great body, concentration and complexity. Needs time to open.
Score: 96
Author: Seaway J
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 01/05/2013
a complex wine. Great tannin with long finish.
Score: 95
Author: MondovinoVA
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 06/29/2012
Supreme elegance, supple tannin. Decanted for 2+ hours.
Score: 97
Author: Lellman2
Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 06/03/2012
May have been wine of the night. Harlan 99 Sloan 04 all side by side. Huge Wine. Great balance. Complex.
Score: 94
Author: kevinfarnham
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 05/18/2012
Lovely. Chocolate meets espresso in a bowl of dark fruits. Tastes slightly different with every sip. Would like more if it weren't silly expensive. Glad I tried.
More Vintages and Sizes of Levy & McClellan - Red:

2008 (750ml)
2007 (750ml)
2005 (750ml)

About This Producer


As humble servants of Mother Nature and caring stewards of the land, Levy and McClellan are inspired by a shared passion and the unique character of their distinguished hillside vineyard. They are dedicated to making wines of uncompromising quality that offer the purest expression of their origin.

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