Deep inky / crimson red with distinct purple hues, a blend of
violets, liquorice and small berry fruits on the nose integrated
with subtle perfumed French oak flavors. The palate combines leafy berry fruit flavours with hints of chocolate / licorice that complex well with French oak. Wine has a tight acidity with a slightly drying firm tannin finish and a balanced alcohol smoothness that provides good palate length and persistence.
"Readers get significant flavor concentration and power as well as surprising elegance in the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Blocks Road, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from 40- to 60-year-old parcels aged 24 months in large French hogsheads. This unfined and unfiltered cuvee is a deep, full-throttle Cabernet offering notes of loamy soil interwoven with creme de cassis, cigar smoke, and spice. Dense, rich, intense, elegant, and impressively endowed, it would be difficult to find a California Cabernet for under $50 that competes with this beauty."
The Wine Advocate
"Medium to full-bodied; substantial blackcurrant/blackberry fruit; plenty of depth and structure; good oak."
Australian Wine Companion
"Deep ruby. Powerful, expressive scents of creme de cassis, blackberry and mocha. A strong cherry note dominates the palate, along with subtle notes of baking spices and sweet underbrush. Focused, sweet and long on the dusty finish, with impressive focus and lift."
International Wine Cellar