Intense and concentrated, with fine structure and chewy tannins wrapped around a core of spicy currant, anise, blackberry and spicy nuances. Given its size and tannic strength, short-term cellaring is advised. Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Petite Sirah.
Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
The flagship offering, and one of the most interesting blends from northern California, is the 2001 Proprietary Red Wine. Composed of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Sangiovese, and 14% Syrah, it is a structured, closed, but dense, promising, rich, deep, and full-bodied effort. Aromas of black fruits, loamy soil, incense, minerals, pepper, and cedar are present in this impeccably balanced offering. With good underlying acidity and ripe tannin, this knock-out red should handsomely repay cellaring. Give it 1-3 more years of bottle age, and drink it over the following 10-12.
Drinking nicely now; the sangiovese tones down the cab but lets its fruit come through on the finish. One of the best vintages of this wine. You could wait a year or two but I wouldn't...
Self | Rating: 95
Fabulous bottle with just the right amount of age. Fragrant and nicely balanced.
Self | Rating: 92
Really has come into its own. Strong bouquet, glycerin mouth-coating, blackberry, spices, huge finish. Plenty of fruit and tannins will keep this aging well. Just starting to throw some sediment. Much better than last time I drank in early '07.