International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95($100) Good full ruby-red. Dee p, highly complex nose combines blackberry, black cherry, violet, minerals, nuts and smoky oak. A wonderfully rich wine that offers great mouth coverage but maintains real zing, thanks to its mineral freshness and firm tannic spine. The pHs for this cuvee are routinely in the 3.8 to 3.9 range, notes Kongsgaard, but the wine always tastes fresher. Finishes very long and lively, with big, chewy tannins.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2005
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95This blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Merlot, from the Hudson Vineyard in Carneros, exhibits a blue/purple color along with superb aromatics of blueberries, raspberries and sweet black cherries. Rich, dense and medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin and impressive purity as well as ripeness, it comes from the wine project of the well-known auctioneer, Fritz Hatton, made under the guidance of John Kongsgaard. It is close to full maturity, but is capable of lasting another decade.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating: 94Author: taipanli
Self | Rating: 95Author: rdalehite
Self | Rating: 95really a stunner; complex and well integrated tannins and flavors; notes of dark berry fruit, chocolate and leather.Drink Dates: 2005-2015Author: Serl Z
Self | Rating: 96Still very youthful with well integrated tannins and huge blackberry explosion in the mid-palette. Very long finish.Drink Dates: 2009-2015Author: J.A.C.K.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 400 bottles owned
- 87 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 87 collectors)