The second release of this cuvee reflects once again a high level of complexity and terroir driven nuisances. Saturated dark red color with a deep black hue, the aromas are of earth coupled with jammy, kirsch type high notes. The wine is layered and concentrated. Good acidity and solid tannins provide the wine with strong structure. The finish is long and luscious. The 2000 "Cariad" spent nearly 25 months in 100% new Taransaud barrels and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
"Composed of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, I originally rated this 650-case cuvee 94 points. It is a lighter, softer, more velvety textured version of the 1999. A dense plum/purple color is followed by sweet cranberry, black raspberry, roasted herb, coffee bean, white chocolate and subtle barbecue smoke characteristics. This medium to full-bodied, velvety textured, fully mature 2000 should offer beautiful drinking for another decade."
The Wine Advocate
"Enticing aromatics of blackberry, floral and mocha-laced oak, dark, ripe, rich and polished, with a tasty core of blackberry, plum and wild berry fruit. Smooth, with a long, spicy, focused finish. Tannins are well-integrated into the finish. Wonderful balance and harmony. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc."
"Good full medium ruby. Big, bright aromas of raspberry, bitter chocolate, minerals and smoke, with an intriguing suggestion of peat. Tangy and bright but also quite glyceral in the middle, with strong, urgent fruit and mineral notes. Energetic, pure wine, finishing very long, with ripe, fine tannins spreading out to coat the palate. A triumph for the vintage."
International Wine Cellar