…tastes like it was made yesterday, not 16 years ago… opulent, racy… the 1997 literally explodes from the glass. Juicy dark red cherries, menthol, tobacco and licorice all make an appearance as the 1997 opens up over time. Readers holding the 1997 are in for a thrill. Even though the growing season was defined by hot weather, a short maturation cycle and a large crop, the wine turned out beautifully. In 1997 the blend is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot. 95 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (6/2013).
A rich, decidedly earthy style of Opus, showing currant, anise, black cherry, mineral, leather and sage flavours that are focused and complex. 94 points, James Laube, Wine Spectator (11/2000)
Very vigorous crimson. Looks exceptionally healthy. Still quite a 'buried' bouquet. Big and bold and sweet on the palate delivering lots of pleasure. Quite powerful but at least there is fruit on the front palate to compensate for lots of very fine tannins at the end. 18/20 points, Jancis Robinson MW (8/2007)
Slightly sauvage aromas of cassis, dark chocolate, meat, leather and black pepper. Stylish and sweet, with moderately dense, creamy flavours of raspberry, roast meat and tobacco. Rather sophisticated texture for California wine… the middle palate grew increasingly silky with extended aeration. Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar (6/2001)