Beautiful wine, lush and soft in the style of this warm vintage. It’s immediately enjoyable for the wealth of cherries, blackberries and raspberries, with a decadent edge of melted milk chocolate. Oak adds extra dimensions of smoky vanilla, caramel, butterscotch and gingerbread. *Editors' Choice*
Even richer and fuller than the regular bottling, but at the same time hedonistically and voluptuously styled is the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection. Dense ruby/purple with low acidity and huge amounts of fruit, this is a seamless, full-bodied, classic Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to drink now and over the next 15-18 years. (RP)
A superb Cabernet that's ripe, plush and deeply concentrated, with tiers of currant, plum, blackberry and spicy, cedary oak. Firmly tannic, lively and deep, revealing extra flavor nuances on the long, engaging finish. *Collectibles* (JL)
This deep and wonderfully rich wine is as involving and has as much succulent fruit at its heart as any wine in this Issue, and it gains more richness yet by way of its absolutely lavish appointment of oak. It is, however, far more than a pretty face or fancy façade, and it sports the serious structure and evident tannins of a wine meant for age. *Two Stars*
Deep, bright ruby. Alluring aromas of dark berries, coffee, truffle and smoky oak. Plush, pliant and sweet, with a liqueur-like quality to its black fruit flavors that's nicely counterpointed by harmonious ripe acidity. At once generous and juicy on the mid-palate. Not hugely complex today, and a touch warm on the finish, but this concentrated, ripely tannic wine will evolve further in the bottle. (ST) 91+
Voluptuous, ripe California style, with great concentration and structure. Fine integration of rich red/black fruit, cedary oak, polished tannins and refreshing acidity. The finish goes on and on. Ripe, smooth and balanced. 18/20 points (LM)
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