This is another ofavorite Eclipse vintages. It is still looking young and full of flavor, living up to the excellent 2002 vintage reputation. The wine has great ripeness, along with a sweet fruited profile of remarkable depth and concentration. It is balanced and long. The Coq au vin was an excellent match but anything slow cooked and richly sauced should make a good partner.
Blend: 70% Grenache, 30% Shiraz
"Medium to deep garnet in color, the 2002 Noon Eclipse contains 30% Langhorne Creek fruit from the “20 Rows” block. With evolving aromas of plum preserves, Christmas pudding, dark chocolate, espresso and licorice alongside nuances of earth and creme de cassis, this very big, rich and full-bodied wine offers plenty of dried fruit and spice flavor layers with just enough acid to refresh and a medium level of chewy tannins to frame. It finishes very long. Mature and drinking nicely now, it should cellar to 2017+."
The Wine Advocate
"Saturated deep ruby. Sweet aromas of black raspberry, licorice, violet pastille and menthol. Supersweet flavors of blackberry liqueur and violet pastille, given clarity and penetration by strong, integrated acidity. Not particularly complex but the fruit offers superb purity and impressive power. Finishes with fine-grained tannins and strong dark berry fruit. I'd drink a wine like this over the next five or six years for its terrific primary fruit."
International Wine Cellar