International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89($17) Full, deep red. Sappy aromas of maraschino cherry, wild strawberry, sassafras, herbs and mint, all lifted by a note of orange peel. Concentrated, dense and fat, with strong wild berry flavors accented by mint. Seems a bit extractive for this relatively inexpensive early release but manages to maintain its freshness. Offers almost Burgundian texture and weight, and very good persistence. A superb value. Also tasted: 2002 Chardonnay Carneros.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: January/February 2004
Wine Spectator | Rating: 86An open knit, creamy wine with spicy cherry, cola and blackberry flavors that show up with green tealike tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2007. 19,800 cases made. -JLAuthor: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 88I have always enjoyed Saintsbury's lighter-styled, fruity Pinot Noir Garnet. No one does it as well as this estate, and the 2002 Pinot Noir Garnet is a great example of a reasonably priced Pinot that shows off this grape's varietal character. Made in a fruit-forward, delicious, accessible style, this medium to deep ruby-colored 2002 offers an attractive nose of raspberries, cherries, dried herbs, and cola. Drink this plush offering over the next 1-2 years.Author: Robert Parker
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 15Sweet, round, easy. Dick Ward of Saintsbury seems to be Majestic's new best friend.Author: Jancis Robinson
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Collector Data For This Wine
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