This is my favorite bottling of this particular wine to date, although a recent half-bottle of the 2000 vintage gives it a real run for its money given the 5-year head start it enjoyed. Great structure, depth and focus portend a long life, yet I am happily surprised at how ‘open’ it becomes a day after opening or a few hours’ time after decanting. The aromas and flavors of cassis, black and a touch of red fruit seem as though one is eating some of these alongside a garden of freshly tilled loam. The use of some new French oak barrels here adds depth to the texture, and bridges the line between the fruit and earth.
Judi Scherrer –
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar – May 2009
Deep ruby. Cherry and blackcurrant aromas are complemented by musky tobacco, herbs and cedar. Very cabernet, offering gently sweet red- and blackcurrant flavors and slow-building spiciness. Gains sweetness on the finish, which is nicely focused and just a touch gritty. I’d put this away for a few more years. 88+ points. Josh Raynolds