Ratings & Tasting Notes:
93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Verging on dark-ruby-colored, it reveals rich blackberry, blueberry, earth, fresh herb, and stone aromas that are followed by a thick, dense, velvety-textured, chewy, and juicy personality. This concentrated, plump, firm (yet generous), deep, delineated, and full-bodied wine is surprisingly refined for a wine this structured and fat. Intense layers of black cherries, blackberries, minerals and superbly ripe tannins saturate the palate and finish. From a quality/price ratio, experience has taught me to search out this wine in every vintage as it is always first-rate. (PR) (8/1998)
92 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
Saturated red-ruby color. Highly nuanced, pure aromas of black raspberry, coffee, licorice, tar and smoked meat. Tactile and very strong in extract; almost painfully concentrated but not at all heavy. Shows the great ripeness and thick fruit of the vintage at its best. Tannins are buried in fruit. Wow! (ST) (3/1999)
90 points Allen Meadows – Burghound
A pretty and still fresh nose is now exhibiting some signs of maturity with soft secondary nuances among the earthy red pinot fruit aromas. There is reasonably good mid-palate richness to the well-delineated middle weight flavors that possess fine complexity on the velvety and solidly persistent finish. For my taste this is now drinking perfectly though it will certainly continue to hold for years to come as there is plenty of vibrancy. Note that I have had distinctly different experiences with this wine and from the same case as the bottle prior to this one was lean if not hard and a bit too linear and this most recent bottle was excessively austere as well. I’m not sure what to suggest as the drinking experiences are like night and day. (9/2013)
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.
Please note: The bottle shown is the exact bottle being sold.