Unusually perfumed cassis fruit on the bouquet; a svelte palate, long and harmonious, with excellent fruit and oak balance and integration; ripe tannins. 95 points, Wine Companion (9/2007).
"If the Sandown represents this estate’s Mouton and the Brookman their Lafite, the even more backward, tannic, ageworthy, inky/blue/purple-colored 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Hickinbotham is their Latour. Made from 50-year-old vines planted on rocky, shale-based soils, it offers up aromas of creme de cassis, graphite, chocolate, coffee, and tobacco leaves. This powerful, rich, full-bodied effort needs at least 4-5 years of cellaring, and should keep for two decades or more. It is one of the few Clarendon Hills wines to be aged in 100% new French oak. None of these cuvees is fined or filtered." 94 points, Robert Parker Jr (October 2006)
"Inky ruby. Powerful, deeply scented, brooding aromas of cassis, blueberry, kirsch, tobacco and spicecake. This offers unreal concentration and structure, with youthful, primal dark berry and cherry flavors that expand and deepen with air. Ridiculously sweet but focused on the very long finish, which shows impressive lift and poise for a wine with such flavor drama. Wow!" 95 points, Josh Raynolds (July 2006)