Aromas that span the entire spectrum of flavor practically leap out of the glass. This ruby stained wine starts off with a fragrant perfume of sweet floral, cassis, and pomegranate notes that soon open up with secondary aromas of savory barbecue, saline air, crushed rock, saddle soap, teriyaki , and meat juices. Even more, the silky and supple tannins coat the palate. This wine is like liquid terroir. From the first sip to the last, the wine evolves to levels we never even knew existed in barrel. The slow fermentation done by the indigenous yeast produced layers of glycerol and extracted tannin that are held together seamlessly with a fresh level of acidity. And beyond that, the fragrance persists for at least a minute long finish.
"Black truffles, asphalt, graphite, blueberries, and creme de cassis aromas soar from the glass of the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Tychson Hill Vineyard (168 cases). A wine of extraordinary nobility, it possesses a steely, well-delineated mouthfeel, full body, and enormous wealth of richness and length. This profound Cabernet Sauvignon is a candidate for wine of the vintage."
The Wine Advocate
"Massive, yet smooth and polished, with a subdued offering of ripe plum, floral and black cherry fruit that slowly builds in intensity and depth. Gains momentum on the finish, where the tannins are ripe and the flavors are tapered."
"Medium ruby-red. High-toned aromas of mocha, meat and dried fruits, with whiffs of tar and beefsteak tomato. Sweet verging on confectionery, and conveying less energy today than the Herb Lamb. Impressively concentrated, thick, creamy wine-"like an elixir," notes winemaker Allison Tauziet. The crop level of less than two tons per acre was the lowest ever here, due in part to dehydration of the grapes. This bottle did not show quite the verve I found in the 2003 release. Finishes with building tannins."
International Wine Cellar