Medium ruby. Currant, roast coffee, minerals and pungent smoky, spicy oak on the nose. Supple and fat, with good breadth in the mouth and a trace of alcoholic warmth. Comes across as a bit more dense than the 2001, but not at all overdone. Tannins are ripe.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2002
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88
Some decent ripe fruit in this wine, with medium, polished tannins, fresh fruit and a crisp finish.
Author: James Suckling
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
The impressive 2000 qualifies as a sleeper of the vintage. This dense plum/purple-colored offering displays excellent sweet mocha-infused blackberry and cherry liqueur notes with hints of truffles and caramel. Full-bodied, with sumptuous sweetness, low acidity, and ripe tannin, it will be drinkable between 2005-2020.