89 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2002
Good deep medium red. Aromas of raspberry, black pepper and bitter chocolate. Juicy and rather delicate, with enticing berry and pepper flavors; shows a bit more texture and size today than the Dennison Vineyard bottling. Finishes with dusty but fine tannins. This is from sandy river loam, while the Dennison Vineyard features denser clay soil.
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