San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Silver Medal Award
Not quite on a par with the ’01 or ’02 this is more like the 2000 Marinus. Made mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon, with the other four Bordeaux varieties, it’s dry and gentle in tannins, with very ripe flavors of blackberry jam, cassis, cocoa, licorice and smoky oak, Elegant, but not an ager; drink now.
Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine
A trace of dried herbs and green olives lends a twist of complexity to this nicely ripened and very solidly fruited effort, and its Cabernet credentials are never in doubt. It is moderately full-bodied with a passing suggestion of fat and flesh upon entry, but it still fights with some unresolved coarseness at the finish. Its ragged leanings will be tempered by service with foods, but the wiser choice yet is to wait for a few years before pulling its cork.
Medium to medium-dark ruby; forward, fragrant, red cherry and red berry fruit aroma with a slight vegetal component; medium-full body; rich textured, herbal, cedary, slightly vegetal, ripe red cherry and red berry fruit flavors; full tannin; some tartness on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Developed with airing in the glass. Highly Recommend.
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo