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91-94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2010
Ruby-red. Lively aromas of currant, blueberry and licorice. Dense and sappy, with cassis and boysenberry fruit flavors complicated by graphite, scorched earth and creosote and lifted by fruity pepper. Good energy and sap here, as well as the stuffing to buffer its firm tannins. This normally powerful cuvee got the shortest maceration in '08, noted winemaker Brown, who added that frost in 2008 cut the yields in half at this estate, "but not on this 20-degree slope."