($70) Bright medium ruby. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and violet. Juicy, leanish and unevolved if densely packed, with tightly wound flavors of black fruits and violet. Showing limited complexity today but this very fresh wine may well evolve and deepen with time in bottle. This could hardly be more different in style from the winery's regular 2001 cabernet.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/Feburary 2005
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90
Firm, rich and concentrated, with a tightly wound core of earthy currant, cedar, plum and wild berry. Holds on to its focus with ripe, deep, perfumed fruit and a long, rich aftertaste that has chewy tannins.
Delicious and a steal at $55 per. Great balance of fruit and earth. Right up my alley.
Drink Dates: 2008
Self | Rating: 90
Laser like intensity ? chocolate, vanilla, concentrated but unevolved fruit, and a whiff of smoke. Even better on the palate with adequate balance, excellent fruit levels, and good length. 95% Cabernet and 5% Petit Verdot with the Cabernet sourced from the Morisoli and Leonardini Vineyards and the Verdot coming from Calistoga. The wine was raised in a combination of French and American oak for 22 months prior to bottling.
Drink Dates: 2010-2015
Author: Daniel B
Self | Rating: 93
Surprising to the upside. Purchased this bottle from the winery in 2004. Aromas have mellowed, flavors still juicy, tannins smooth and well-integrated ... just a bit too much oak for me. Very enjoyable, this wine is at a good place right now.