Number 24 on Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2004!
Lifted intensity of the typical aromas of pears, the scent of dried figs, together with hints of spice and nutmeg, fragrant and sweet submerging any hint of oak.
The palate has length of flavor with flowing layers of fruit finishing strong and mouth filling. There is classical sweet malt on the finish with a perceptible flavor of subtle French oak lingering on. This is a very harmonious wine with good ageing potential.
"Seamless, harmonious and seductive, its gorgeous cascade of pear, pineapple, guava, nectarine and subtle spice aromas and flavors flowing across the palate like a babbling brook in a Japanese garden. Amazingly refined and built to last, but it feels utterly complete already. The finish just sails on and on. Drink now through 2020."