International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89Bright deep red. Explosive aromas of red cherry, raspberry and nutty oak. Juicy, dense and sweet, with a flavor of raspberry concentrate. Very strong fruit here. Tannins are substantial and broad. Will merit a 90-plus rating if it develops more complexity with time in bottle.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2002
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90Starts with fresh sage and bay leaf notes, picking up ripe, lush cherry, currant and earthy flavors nicely framed by chewy tannins, but the finish sails on with complex flavors. 491 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90The 1999 Pinot Noir offers aromas of jammy black cherries, smoke, earth, and oak. It is dense, full-bodied, and complete, with a sumptuous texture. It should drink well for 4-5 years.Author: Robert Parker
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 70 bottles owned
- 10 collectors