1. Deep, rich and well worth a premium over the EchAczeaux. Chestnut flavours. 2. This offers what the EchAczeaux lacks: real depth and a convincing array of exotic flavours - not to mention salve for a sore throat. Bravo! One should wait, but one might not be able to.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Burghound | Rating: 92
Heavy wood spice frames sweet, intense and airy red and black cherry fruit aromas that complement the big, intense, powerful and rugged full-bodied flavors that offer really lovely texture and fine precision on the impressively long finish. Unfortunately, the wood here is intrusive and my score offers the benefit of the doubt as Engel wines are almost never over oaked yet this one is questionable. I did not have the opportunity to taste from other barrels so it's entirely possible that this sample is not entirely representative.
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: 1st Quarter, 2006
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
The '04 is text book old school Pinot Noir that is almost Bordeaux-like at first and then once the trickery is over, it reverts back to pure red-berried, quite tertiary fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of leafiness on the entry, hints of Japanese green tea but some lovely cherry and cranberry flavours developing. It improves minute-by-minute, demonstrated great tension and purity towards the finish. Superb.