AROMAS: Complex blend of concentrated blackberry, black cherry and spiced plum balanced by anise, chocolate, cedar and roasted nuts. FLAVORS: Ripe black cherry, dark chocolate and clove are highlighted by subtle herb tones. Mouth filling tannins wrap around the pallet giving a firm structure to the concentrated flavors. The 1997 is worthy of extended cellaring for additional complexity, softness and bottle bouquet.
"Complex and concentrated, showing a wide array of flavors--mint, chocolate, currant, cassis, black cherry--before turning woody, with firm tannins. Best from 2002 through 2010. 4,000 cases made"
"This is an impressive Cabernet Sauvignon. The color is a dense ruby purple. The bouquet offers up tight but promising aromas of minerals, smoke, and black currants. A Bordeaux-like austerity greets the taster, but as with Bordeaux, there is plenty of density and concentration in reserve, which is particularly noticeable on the back of the palate. The wine is pure, promising, tannic, medium to full-bodied, and nicely extracted. Chewy tobacco, spice box, and black fruit characteristics emerge with airing. It is good to see this winery turn out a wine of this quality. It's an ager however, and patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2018."
The Wine Advocate