($80) Bright ruby. Black plum and licorice on the nose. Spicy if unrefined flavors of plum, currant, chocolate and tobacco.Offers good texture but comes across as a tad gritty and turns slightly dry on the finish.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2007
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard Select is an 800-case offering from the Beckstoffer vineyards, primarily To-Kalon. Classic notes of cedar and cassis emerge from this Pauillac-like Napa Cabernet. A sweet mid-palate, full body, beautiful purity, and a long, spicy, heady finish suggest it will drink well for 10-15 years or longer.
Beautiful deep inky red, very full-bodied, with great intensity as well as tremendous purity, it offers up provocative, enticing aromas of smoke interwoven with lavish quantities of black currant fruit, licorice and cedar. Rich and textured, with sweet fruit, and ripe, well-integrated tannin
Self | Rating: 92
Heavy Oak on the nose, but not on the uptake. This wine has a wonderful flavor and a smooth finish. Huge notes of blackberries and fruit. Ready to drink and enjoy now.