"The 2005 Grenache Hickinbotham Vineyard adds a mineral note along with wood smoke, black raspberry and licorice flavors, as well as additional structure. Smooth-textured and sleek, it will evolve for 5-7 years and provide pleasure through 2025." 93 points, Jay S Miller (October 2007)
"Bright purple. Pungent raspberry and boysenberry aromas are joined by musky underbrush and dried flowers. Sappy red fruit flavors are brightened by racy acidity, conveying a sense of elegance and precision. Finishes with impressive clarity and cling and silky tannins. Dare I say "elegant"?" 92 points, Josh Raynolds (September 2007)
Lithe and supple, this is a soft-textured wine that lets its ripe cherry, wet earth and plum flavors peek out at first, then emerge strongly as the finish persists. Balanced for cellaring. Best after 2008.
92 points, Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman)