($57) Red-ruby. Ripe aromas of plum syrup, shoe polish, roast coffee and smoky oak. Fairly expressive but cool flavors of cherry and fresh herbs. Offers good texture but misses out on the sweetness of the year. A rather subtle, understated wine that finishes with slightly dry tannins. Perhaps better than it's showing today.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2003
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
A subtle wine that impresses with displays of measured, incremental fruit, the 2000 offers sweet aromas of mocha, black cherries, cassis, and delicious toasty oak. Although light in the mouth, this ruby/purple-colored 2000 possesses wonderful expansive richness, a deep mid-section, and sweet tannin in the persistent finish. It is not a wine that knocks you out with a blast of fruit and wood, but rather one that impresses for its nobility/subtlety.
Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Deep crimson. Light, relatively herbaceous, nose - atypical for 2000. Good balance and confidence on the palate, though. Lots of tannins underneath ripe, if not especially subtle, fruit. A bit dusty and brutal.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90
Intense red licorice, crushed berries and flowers. Medium-bodied, with medium fine tannins and a silky finish. Not the biggest 2000, but very enjoyable.
You can tell this wine is raised in 100% new oak ? there is almost too much oak in the nose at present. It will become more integrated with time in the cellar. Moderate dark cherry red color. Plenty of sweet and dusky fruit on the palate. Moderate plus tannins and excellent length.