Intense and concentrated, but lacking focus and the finesse usually found in this winemaker's style, leaving the ripe currant, anise, cedar and earth flavors hanging.
Author: James Laube
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90
Red-ruby. Oaky aromas of currant, plum, cedar and minerals; slightly liqueur-like. Then dense but sappy, with bright, nicely concentrated flavors of currant and tobacco. This has excellent backbone, but the tannins will require at least a few years of patience.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2004
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91
The least expensive of this trio, the fully mature 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma, is showing beautifully. I remember loving it when it was released, and it now displays even more longevity than initially predicted. Composed of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it retains enough stuffing to last another 7-8 years, and it could turn out to be like the great Souverain Vintage Selection 1974, which was delicious when released and continues to drink well at age 37. This cuvee exhibits a dense plum/ruby color as well as a big, sweet kiss of black cherries, black currants, licorice and earth. Medium to full-bodied with supple tannins, this is undeniably a sleeper of the vintage. To reiterate, this sexy Cabernet Sauvignon can be drunk now and over the next 7-8 years.