(a blend of 77% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot and 6% malbec) Bright medium ruby. Complex, sophisticated aromas of black raspberry, cassis, blueberry, game, leather and smoke. Large-scaled and creamy-sweet, but also sappy, suave and spicy, with a lovely light touch. Winemaker Bob Betz thinks this is very closed today in the middle, but I find it explosively perfumed, even if it's a bit tightly wound at present. Finishes very long and spicy, with fine tannins coating the teeth and palate. Betz is now using mostly Darnajou barrels for this wine's merlot component.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: November/December 2004
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Big, rich and plush, with beautifully formed currant, blackberry, cherry and sweet spice flavors that mingle and linger effortlessly on fine tannins. Put together well, just needs time to settle in. Contains 17 percent Merlot and 6 percent Malbec.
Author: Harvey Steiman
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
Produced from 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 6% Malbec, the black-colored 2002 Pere de Famille explodes from the glass with sweet black cherries, cassis, and jammy blackberries. This big, lush, rich wine is intense, deep, and concentrated. Palate staining layers of super-ripe black fruits, tar, and spices dominate its medium to full-bodied personality's flavor profile as well as its exceptionally long finish.