(a 73/27 blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot) Bright ruby-red. Blackcurrant, blueberry, black cherry, violet, tobacco, fresh herbs and currant leaf on the slightly medicinal, quintessential cabernet nose. Then broad, fat and rich, with a layered texture and enticing sweetness. Showing its cabernet side today, but this is thoroughly ripe, seamless cabernet.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2004
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
A spectacular wine, and one that could have been bought for a song when it was released, this blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot was cropped at 33 hectoliters per hectare. Strutting all of its nobility, richness and majesty in 2014, it boasts abundant notes of cedarwood, creme de cassis, licorice and a hint of lead pencil shavings. Full-bodied, rich, dense and fully mature, it is capable of lasting another 7-10 years. This beauty is a big-time sleeper of the vintage.
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Blackberry with toasted oak and coffee aromas. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long finish. Lovely texture to this wine. Dense and refined. Very tight right now. One of the best I have tasted from this estate.
Author: James Suckling
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Mid to dark crimson. Rich, sweet and raisiny on the nose. Very sweet indeed - a bit uncomfortable in that respect actually. With some drying tannins on the end. Claggy on the palate. (Average group score: 15.9)