($90) Deep ruby-red color. Extremely elegant aromas of ripe red fruits, plum, cinnamon, nutmeg, licorice and blond tobacco, with a strong mineral streak. Silky-sweet in the mouth, with beautifully ripe fruit that's still young and wound tight. Finishes with textbook fine-grained tannins and superb subtle persistence. In style, this is not unlike a top-notch Bordeaux or a more elegantly styled Napa cabernet.
Author: Ian D'Agata
Issue: July/August 2005
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
The estate's 2003 Montevetrano is still incredibly primary. It is a generous, opulent Montevetrano loaded with dark fruit, tar, spices, black pepper and scorched earth. Despite its full-bodied style, it offers superb balance and elegant tannins within the context of the vintage. It should be accessible pretty early yet it also gives the impression of having enough structure to age beautifully. Montevetrano is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Aglianico.