($49) Deep ruby. Powerful blackberry, cassis and mocha aromas are enormously appealing and seem almost too big for the glass. Weighty dark berry flavors offer excellent palate coverage, with gentle tannins adding shape and suave minerality giving lift. Finishes with impressive clarity and persistence. This wine is sourced from a single site, the Puente Alto vineyard.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: March/April 2008
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Shows alluring coffee bean, currant paste and fig aromas and flavors, with ample loamy tannins and a ripe, muscular finish where cocoa and tar notes hang on for added effect. Accessible now, but will improve with cellaring. 17,000 cases made.
Author: James Molesworth
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon is opaque purple in color. The nose delivers a splendid array of pain grille, smoke, pencil lead, espresso, and black currants. It makes a youthful entry on the palate with layers of black fruits, mouth-filling flavors, a plush texture, with plenty of ripe tannins to hold this big wine together. The finish is long and pure. The wine demands 8-10 years to show to full advantage and should drink well through 2032.
Interesting evening, had the 2007 David Arthur 1147, 2002 Quilceda Creek and the 2004 Don Melchor. All were pretty solid, but I generally feel like when I have several wines together, it results in lower scores for all, which is probably the case here. In my opinion, and with very little decanting, the David Arthur was by far the best. Quilceda Creek was good, and only getting better as we drank it (could have used more time). The Don Melchor was about what I remembered, an over-hyped wine that is now closing in on its expiration date. The 1147 was smooth, silky and had fruit, though was starting to roll off a bit. Not sure if it has much more in it, maybe five years at best. The Quilceda Creek is nearing the end. Lacked the punch I remember, but did, as mentioned, get better as the night went on. The Melchor was flat and had a fair bit of tannins.
Self | Rating: 91
Interesting wine. Red peppers and sausage flavors. Fun.
Self | Rating: 93
Opened a 02 and 04 on the same evening. 02 was on its last legs - lost a lot of it freshness. Not the case with the 04, still some bite left to it, nice complexity, really nice. Best to drink the 04 now...won't get any better.
Self | Rating: 93
Still very tightly wound... Decant 2 hrs. before drinking...Nice hints of tobaccoo and mineral...Very long finish with great focus of currant