88(+?)? Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2006
($67; from Charles Heintz Vineyard) Brooding herbal/minty nose showed a mineral character as it opened, along with notes of pepper and asparagus. Juicy, high-pitched and lightly herbaceous, with an intriguing whiff of green tea. Quite different in texture from the basic RRV bottling: less influenced by oak and more sharply delineated. A bit youthfully green on the end.
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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