International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91Saturated bright ruby. Black raspberry, sandalwood, and a slightly medicinal suggestion of Dr. Pepper on the superripe nose. Thick, deep and mouthfilling; intriguing flavors of black fruits, tobacco, leather and iron. Finishes with huge, toothcoating tannins that will require substantial bottle aging. An outsized wine that may ultimately merit a higher score.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: November/December 2000
Wine Spectator | Rating: 91Spicy, fruity aromatics lead to a rich and supple wine with pretty currant, anise, cherry and blackberry flavors. Firms up on the finish, where a touch of chocolate emerges. 1,250 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93The sensational black/purple-colored 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon 16th Anniversary Release is closed, but its emerging aromas of charcoal, blackberries, cassis, and minerals are promising. The wine is intense, ripe, with a layered, expansive richness, and exotic notes of Asian spices, beef blood, and assorted black fruits.
Self | Rating: 92Author: Johnnymd
Self | Rating: 93Author: Yamadori
Self | Rating: 92Stills drinking beutifull, great ripe, redcurrant flavors as well good tannins. Lets 1-hr open before drink, it is a very nice mature but lively stage. Red deep purple palate.Drink Dates: 2007-2018Author: Jito72
While growing grapes in the nutrient-lean, volcanic soils of their La Jota estate is a challenge, the rewards are undeniable. Highly concentrated flavors and muscular tannins slowly ripen to perfection, while the cool winds, diurnal temperature swings and high altitude keep the grape acids impeccably balanced, revealing the distinctive voice of the estate. Viticulturist Mariano Navarro and winemaker Christopher Carpenter gently tame tannins while allowing the intriguing mineral, spice and sweet forest loam characters unique to the estate to enhance the complexity of the opulent fruit.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 592 bottles owned
- 137 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
(Out of 137 collectors)