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About Havens Wine Cellars
Prior to selling his winery, Michael Havens made Merlot in a distinctly Bordeaux style, with a restrained sweetness and notes of lead pencil, minerals, game and tobacco leaf. He was also a pioneer of California Syrah in a distinctly northern Rhône style, typically showing notes of dark fruits, black pepper and gunflint.
87-88 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2003
(tasted from tank just prior to bottling) Precise aromas of apple, pear and mint. Juicy and perfumed, with good flavor development but only moderate complexity. A bit suppler than the '01 ("a ripe year for this wine," notes winemaker Jeff Keene), but still a rather austere style. Finishes with decent length.