International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($75) Good full medium ruby. Dark plum, truffle and buttery oak on the nose. Suave and fine-grained, with enticing flavors of plum and black raspberry. A plump, sexy wine with a long, slow-building finish featuring very fine tannins. This shows a firmer structure than the very good 2001. In fact, this seems more refined, as well as more of a real wine rather than simply a blend made up of declassified fruit, than previous vintages of The Matriarch.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2005
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90Bob Levy refers to the Matriarch Proprietary Red as |our elegant leftovers,| a four vineyard blend of juice that did not make the cut for the top wines. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful effort. Sweet black cherry and cedarwood aromas emerge from the medium-bodied 2002 Matriarch Proprietary Red. With a soft, supple texture and an evolved, upfront style, it is ideal for drinking over the next decade. Restaurants as well as consumers who are incapable of deferring their gratification should buy this one by the case.Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Wonderful aromatics, with rich cassis, kirsch and blackberry. Both intense and concentrated, this shows a suppleness at midpalate that lets the flavors glide across the finish. It ends with excellent structure and a touch of cedar. 1,200 cases made.Author: James Laube
Self | Rating: 90Author: Ronn L
Self | Rating: 95Drink Dates: 2011-2022Author: Jito72
Self | Rating: 95Deep dark ruby red, gorgeous nose of huge berries, explosive nose amazing blackberries, blueberries and leather, amazing well integrated tannins with a long one minute finish. Sadly my last bottle.Drink Dates: 2016-2025Author: David 429
Self | Rating: 89Good paring with red meats. One of the more solid vintages to date.Drink Dates: 2002-2006Author: Jeffrey L260
Anonymous | Rating: 92Very dark red. Black and blue fruit. Mild smokiness. Dark chocolate. Earthy flavors. Medium finish. BigDrink Dates: 2005-2020Author: Khaled H
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 1487 bottles owned
- 292 collectors
- Average collector rating: 92
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