($40-$44) Ruby-red. Exotic, full-blown aromas of coffee, leather and game, with distinct suggestions of roasted fruits. Fat, dense and lush, with a very sweet, chocolatey flavor and a suggestion of roasted nuts. A big wine with big, ripe tannins. I like what the heat of the vintage has done for this property. But this wine may be in the process of closing down in the bottle.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 92
Blackberry, licorice and lightly toasted oak. Full-bodied, with refined and chewy tannins and a subtle, rich berry and mineral aftertaste. Lovely wine. 5,665 cases made.
Author: James Suckling
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Dark glowing crimson. Brawny and positive. Quite confident in savoury classical mould. Layers here at last! There is a future. And a kick of acidity on the end. (Average group score: 16.1)
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
This is often looked at as the second wine of Leoville Barton, but it is actually a separate estate, producing wines that are slightly softer than the more formidably endowed and broodingly backward Leoville Bartons. The outstanding 2003, a softer version of the Leoville Barton, exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, sweet black cherries intermixed with subtle herbal notes, roasted meats, juices, and black currants. In the mouth, it is expansive, savory, round, and seemingly on a much faster evolutionary track than Leoville Barton. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 15-18 years.
Opened and double-decanted 3 hours prior to drinking. Dark-red color with aromas of red and black fruits and cedar. Still fairly primary on the nose. Dark fruit flavors with a bit of chocolate. Very enjoyable and well-balanced wine ... a nice surprise for such an unusually hot vintage.
Drink Dates: 2015-2025
Author: Todd W59
Self | Rating: 89
Very full bodied and ripe with flavor of leather, earth, spice and blackcurrent. An easy drink but a bit too ripe and fat to me.