(2003 Vintage) Alcohol Percentage: 12.5 % Type of Vine: Blend
RP94 Drink 2010-2030 This is a slight upgrade for this wine, which seems to be approaching full maturity but is in no danger of losing fruit or declining for at least another 10 years. It is one of the most elegant wines of the vintage, with an ethereal nose of red and blue fruits, spring flowers, and hints of bay leaf and graphite, while unsmoked cigar tobacco and plum also make an appearance in the strikingly complex aromatics and flavors. The wine is medium-bodied, not a blockbuster by any means, but a wine of terrific balance, purity, symmetry, and style. Drink it over the next 20 years.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesSmelling of minerals, pencil lead, clay and coffee yet never losing sight of underlying elements of currants and dried plums, this very solid, slightly chunky wine sports the emphatic ripeness common to California and, in fact, shows a familiar note of heat and tannic coarseness on the palate. It is long on richness, but a little short on polish, but it gets good marks for stamina, and it promises to be around for many years to come.
International Wine CellarRating: 89-92 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 96, May/June 2001. Medium bright ruby. Superripe, liqueur-like aromas of red berries, roast coffee, tobacco and roasted stones. Chewy, very intense, slightly roasted flavors fill the mouth. Almost exotically ripe. Finishes with big, chewy tannins and excellent persistence. A very strong vintage for this wine.
DecanterRating: 3/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Dense, ripe colour, both smokey and sweet, good fruit, quite up-front and quite simple, but very attractive Merlot softness, pretty wine. Ready 2005-2012. (tasted en primeur)