This is one of America's First Growths, and, given the two decades it could use to show its best, it will reward the drinker with more than a glass of wine. It will offer an experience in richness, complexity, and the layers of flavors, some maturing and some still barrel-fresh, one has come to expect from Shafer's flagship wine. Very Highly Recommended. 99 points.
Huge, ripe black fruits lead on the palate, black currant, plums, and elderberry, with milk chocolate and espresso adding depth on the mid-palate. This requires red meat and fat - try it with lamb chops with béarnaise butter. Highly Recommended. 93 points.
The palate offers black fruit and vanilla with dusty tannins. Drink with bistecca fiorentina. Highly Recommended. 90 points.
Fruit takes the lead in this restrained, refined wine. Drink with rack of lamb. Highly Recommended. 90 points.