Wow! I can’t say I underrated this wine, but, boy, it is pushing perfection ... and pushing it quickly. A nearly flawless, monumental effort, the 2006 boasts an extraordinary opaque purple color as well as a sumptuous bouquet of spring flowers, licorice, chocolate, toffee, espresso roast and blackberries. This multilayered wine is built like a skyscraper, with terrific intensity, but no heaviness, stunning richness, full body and great purity. With a youthful, voluptuous mouthfeel, it can be drunk now for its extraordinary purity of fruit, but it will not hit its prime for at least a decade. It should keep for three decades. (RP)
Deep red-ruby. Blacker, more brooding nose than the Ark: cassis, licorice and a whiff of caramel. Then sweet, lush and full in the mouth, with superb minerality contributing to this very deep wine's almost 3-D texture. Plusher and more effusive than the Ark, finishing with outstanding palate-coating breadth and length. Reminds me of a top Pomerol. Owner Jayson Woodbridge calls this bottling 'a sexy, rumbling Ferrari,' while he describes the Ark, with its structure, power and elegance, as a Rolls-Royce. (ST)
Aging beautifully, marked by a tight, firm structure and dusty, loamy tannins that provide backbone and muscle, this slowly uncoils to reveal spicy red cherry, raspberry and boysenberry notes that cascade on the finish. Ends with a crushed-rock, gravelly edge and tannins that give the flavors traction. (JL, Web-2016)
Bright medium red with ruby tones. Deep, vibrant aromas of black cherry, black raspberry and licorice. Sweet, spicy and concentrated, showing a compelling creamy quality to its youthful black fruit and spice flavors. But this rather brooding, youthfully medicinal wine is in an awkward stage today, with its firm spine of ripe tannins currently dominating. Hold this for another five years. 93+ points. (ST)
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