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.
The palate is huge, with fresh and dried black cherries, blueberries, espresso, unsweetened chocolate, and cloves. Tannins are powerful and smooth, mouth feel big and meaty. Drink with well-marbled ribeye to tame the big tannins and let the fruit flow. Very Highly Recommended. 95 points.