“Spectacular aromas of roasted espresso, blackberries, crème de cassis, and chocolate soar from the glass of this incredibly full-bodied, ripe 2001. It represents the essence of wine. Thick, juicy and impeccably well-balanced, it has 50+ seconds of persistence . . . An amazing effort!”

(98-100) points

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, December 23, 2003

Appellation: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2001
Harvest: October 2001
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 60% Merlot
Alcohol: 14.4%
Bottling: December 2003
Production: 402 cases
Release Date: March 2004
Price:
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Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate: December 23, 2004 Page 38
    Rating: 98-100

    The 2001 Reserve Claret's color looks more like ink than a dry red wine. Spectacular aromas of roasted espresso, blackberries, creme de cassis, and chocolate soar from the glass of this incredibly full bodied, ripe 2001. It represents the essence of wine. Thick, juicy, and impeccably well balanced, it has 50+ seconds of persistence. There is not a hard edge to be found. While it does possess tremendously high tannins, they are not apparent because of the extravagant fruit and richness. An amazing effort!

  • Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: May/June 2004
    Rating: 94

    Deep Ruby-Red. Knockout nose combines roasted black raspberry, cassis, espresso & bitter chocolate. Sweet, fat and deep, with extravagantly rich, seamless flavors of dark berries and chocolate. Not as sweet as the Mountaintop merlot but even larger scaled. The finish shows more obvious cabernet tannins and considerable sweet oak, but has more than enough powerful, palate staining fruit. As a potential purchase, this is a no-brainer for collectors who can find and afford it.