International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91($75; the final blend is 60% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, 9% cabernet franc and 6% petit verdot) Deep medium ruby. Blackcurrant and chocolate on the nose; shows a slight liqueur-like quality but also has good lift. Sweet, ripe and chewy, with complex flavors of currant, tobacco, Kahlua and nutty oak. This has good mid-palate vibrancy for a wine this ripe. Finishes sweet and long.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2006
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88Ruggedly tannic and austere, with complex, concentrated fresh earth, currant, anise and wild berry flavors that clamp down on the finish, ending with a hint of hazelnut and espresso bean. Tannins turn leathery. Decant. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. 2,300 cases made.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 91The 2003 Diamond Mountain (2,300 cases of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot) comes from an 11-acre gravel/clay vineyard on Diamond Mountain. Dense and full-bodied with huge, concentrated, smoky black currant fruit intermixed with deep, chewy, coffee notes as well as black fruits, it reveals a Bordeaux-like austerity that suggests cellaring for 2-3 years will be beneficial. It can be drunk over the following 15.Author: Robert Parker
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 344 bottles owned
- 69 collectors