($50) Bright ruby-red. Aromas of sweet raspberry, tobacco, spicecake, gunflint and sexy oak. Sweet, lively and layered in the mouth, with dense flavors of candied raspberry and spices. A floral nuance contributes to the wine's inner-mouth vibrancy. Very suave, rich and creamy wine, finishing with chewy, ripe tannins and excellent length. Showed even more sweetness and texture with extended time in the recorked bottle. A perfect example of a wine that gained in aromatic character and refinement from the cooler-than-normal conditions and later harvest of vintage 2002. . (Grapes of Spain, Inc., Lorton, VA)
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: September/October 2005
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88
Alluring aromas of blackberry and boysenberry carry though to the palate of this plush red, where vanilla and cinnamon notes chime in. It's nicely polished, but there's enough tannins for food. 5,330 cases made.
Drink Dates: 2006-2008
Author: Thomas Matthews
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89
Restraint as well as tannin and wood are noticeable in the 2002 San Roman, which spent more time in oak than the Prima. While a fine effort for the vintage, it did not receive the same top-notch raw materials as the 2003. Nevertheless, it is civilized, elegant, and substantial, just less exotic. Drink it over the next 7-8 years.
Dark oxblood color with ruby rim. A concentrated and rich nose of plum, cassis, chocolate and vanilla. Initial smooth and silky mouthfeel with highly concentrated black fruit fruit flavors morph into dusty tannins with fruit shining through like the sun peering through a thick cloud cover. Tannins are so massive they last for 45 seconds and are followed by pure fruit for even longer. A grand wine with big texture and body to put away for a few years before opening.