Deep ruby color. Aromas of sweet strawberry jam, blackberry, black cherry, and blueberry fruits; it has a flinty mineral component and some vanilla. The core of the wine is of sweet blackberry fruit with custard and vanilla; round, lush tannins are well integrated.
"The 2001 Merlot Estate reveals similar coffee bean, red and black currant characteristics intermixed with notions of licorice, herbs and underbrush. Richer and slightly fuller-bodied than the regular Napa cuvee, it exhibits a more saturated plum/purple color, lots of dark fruits and a lush, full-bodied mouthfeel."
The Wine Advocate
"Graceful, delicious, complex and drinkable. Super-oaky, with vanilla, toast and wood spice, but the massive cherry and blackberry fruit easily absorbs it. The tannins are rich and ripe, forming a dusty coating that carries sweetness through the finish. Beautiful, extraordinary Napa Merlot."
"A rich and deftly balanced yet muscular red, with layers of complex currant, spice, wild berry and plum fruit that's focused and pure. Shows off a nice touch of cedary-vanilla oak, which adds a nice flavor dimension and the tannins add structure. Finishes with complexity and fine length."