The 2001 The Heavyweight is packaged in a ponderously thick, heavy bottle that must have been designed by orthopedic surgeons. A Bordeaux blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot, and 12% Merlot, it reveals an un-Bordeaux-like alcohol level of 15.6%. The fruit sources are all high-class vineyards, including Fortuna for the Merlot and Cabernet Franc, Kenefick Ranch for the Petit Verdot, and Thorevilos for the Cabernet Sauvignon. This big, bruising offering reminds me of dry vintage port. Its style is not terribly dissimilar from two 100-point wines, the 1997 Bryant Family Vineyard and 1997 Harlan, although it does not quite have the complexity of those two efforts, hence the mid-90 point score. Amazing stuff, it boasts an unctuous texture, great density, terrific richness, and a palate-staining thickness/viscosity. Gobs of creamy black currant fruit are present in this opulent, voluptuous, over-sized, pure, unadulterated, 100% in-your-face California offering. It should drink well for 12-15 years.
(a blend of 64% cabernet sauvignon and 12% each cab franc, merlot and petit verdot) Deep, saturated ruby. Liqueur-like aromas of cassis, kirsch, violet and fruit cake; verging on porty. Then dense, sweet and thick, with a distinct raisined fruit character. Huge, creamy and rich wine with uncanny flavor intensity. Finishes very long and exotic, with broad tannins and notes of bitter chocolate and tar. A distinctly unrestrained style that will be rated even higher by wine lovers who prize sheer size over shape and nuance. (ST)
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