($100) Medium red. Less expressive on the nose than the Brulees, with a deeper pitch. Then a step up in density on the palate, where the wine opens nicely with air to show a fleshy, rounder texture and a floral element. Finishes with substantial sweet tannins, solid structure and very good length.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90
A dense, chewy style, with more herb and vegetal notes than cherry for now. Has sweetness and concentration, so give this time to develop. Balanced overall, with a sweet finish. 185 cases made.
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Curious nose - chestnuts? A hint of port? VA? Smooth texture. Very slightly less vivacious and skinnier than I feel it should be at this price. Competent. Correct but not totally convincing. (cask sample)
Author: Jancis Robinson
Burghound | Rating: 91
More deeply pitched notes of spiced plum, violets and cherry and red pinot fruit aromas complement perfectly the rich, warm and admirably precise supple and sweet flavors that continue onto the textured and mineral-driven finish. This is an elegant wine with near perfect balance and like most of the wines here, it isn't especially dense but there is a harmony of expression that is most beguiling. Recommended.