This is a very rich wine. Complex, too. With every sip, it seems to offer a little more of itself. On the surface, it’s dry, tannic and fruity, with blackberry, black currant, dark chocolate and cedar flavors. But it has mineral and herb nuances that seem to spring from the soil, and the depth and finish are impressive. Drinkable now for sheer luxury, and should…
Lush and forward, with complex sour-plum, espresso, cola, vanilla and fudge aromas. Round berry flavors, licorice, Asian spice and pepper accents mark the palate. Full, but not heavy, with a long, smooth plum and cocoa finish. This is a stylish and elegant black knight.
Plush and smooth, with round, ripe tannins that frame a core of black currant, blackberry, plum, herb, coffee and vanilla flavors. The wine is balanced, supple and long on the finish. —J.M.
Sleek and velvety, with a spicy edge to its bright, brambly flavors. Bing cherry, blackberry, currant, earth and herb notes are atthe fore, while a hint of cedar and pencil lead adds interest. The finish is clean. —J.M.
The big ’01s are still rolling out. This one’s very fine and Oakville-y, showing well-oaked, lush black currant and cassis fruit, with a cocoa finish. It has soft, intricately sweet tannins. It’s quite delicious now, but seems balanced enough to age through the medium term. Drink before 2010.
Peppery spice is the hallmark of this wine. Other than that, it’s very Cabernet-like. Dry, full-bodied and balanced, it shows luscious black currant and chocolate flavors, and the tannins are as smooth and ripe as anywhere on earth.
A really good Chardonnay, elegant and refined. Shows fine Chard character with its powerful tropical fruit flavors and creamy, buttery mouthfeel. And what a long, smooth, spicy finish.