The 2000 Arietta (equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc) tastes like an over-sized, phenomenal Cheval Blanc. It has blossomed beautifully since I tasted it last year. A dense purple color is followed by scents of cocoa, underbrush, chocolaty black cherry and black currant fruit, minerals, truffles, and graphite. A big, thick, chewy, tremendously long, intense, well-balanced red, I would love to taste it alongside the 2000 Cheval Blanc. It should hit its prime in 3-4 years, and last for two decades. (RP)
Moderately saturated ruby-red. Wild aromas of game, espresso, tobacco leaf and five-spice powder. Pliant in the mouth but not as expansive or deep as the riper vintages, displaying modest sweetness and finishing with slightly drying tannins. Still very well made and appealing... (ST)
The 2000 Red Wine H Block is soft, open-knit and resolved. Although not especially complex at this stage, the 2000 offers lovely balance, as it has not been totally eaten away by the oak, as other vintages have been. Hints of orange zest, dried flowers, dried cherries and mint add nuance. A hint of brett is detectable. I would prefer to drink the 2000 sooner rather than later. (AG)
Cabernet Sauvignon. Co-founded by John Kongsgaard. Two years in 100% new French oak. Open, hints of vegetal character, blackcurrants, lots of concentration in the core but very delicate on the finish. Open, fleshy, classic. 17.5/20 points. (RH)
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