International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89($90) Good red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of roasted currant, smoked meat and chocolate show a slightly porty quality. Very fat and thick but a bit youthfully disjointed today, with the wine's strong acid/tannin spine sticking out. The wild berry and cedar flavors seem a tad dry. Tough going right now.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2009
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93From Howell Mountain, the outstanding 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Rancho del Oso reveals more mineral and wet rock characteristics. It is one of the top single vineyard offerings in this vintage.Author: Robert Parker
JamesSuckling.com | Rating: 91Very ripe fruit on the nose, slightly raisiny. Full bodied, with lots of dried fruits, spices, and chocolate on the palate. Nice ripe tannins, but a little dry at the end. But should soften with age. Pull the cork after 2013. 14+22+23+32. Find the wineAuthor: James Suckling
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 19 bottles owned
- 17 collectors