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Sequoia Grove Cab Napa 2010

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garnet color, cherries on the nose, tabacco cherry blackberry flavors, mild tannins

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Sequoia Grove Vineyards:
There’s most definitely something special about life in the Grove. Is it the towering Sequoia trees that define the estate and inspired the name? Is it the atmosphere of unassuming sophistication? Is it our unique combination of award-winning wines (led by our signature Cabernet) created with an artisan spirit? It’s all of the above—and more. And it’s right here, waiting to be discovered.

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Vintage: 2007 12/29/2010

garnet color, cherries on the nose, tabacco cherry blackberry flavors, mild tannins


External Reviews for Sequoia Grove Cab Napa

External Review
Vintage: 2007 09/20/2011

gant and well focused, with a core of black cherry, mineral and toasted oak flavors and firm tannins. Drink now through 2004."hYHHK199689 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199989 SPpublicationStrays initially into the earthier spectrum of Merlot, with pungent leather, coffee, chocolate and currant flavors, turning firm and decadent on the finish. Best from 2000 through 2008.`"hYL199788 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199988 SPpublicationEffusively fruity, with juicy plum, black cherry, wild berry and spice flavors that turn complex on the long, supple finish. Drink now through 2004.dhY&M`NVStaff9/24/1999store review&The roar of the crowds and the excitement of wheel to wheel racing action have been bottled by our friends at Bully Hill. Proud sponsors of their own NASCAR racing car, this series of wine have been bottled to commemorate this alliance. The name refers to the famous racing circuits in Watkins Glen, NY, often referred to as "Thunder Road, USA." The wines are as sweet as a ten second pit stop, produced from a mix of local grape varieties. Whether you prefer your wines turbo-charged or supercharged, give these high-powered wines a try.dhY&NNVStaff9/24/1999store review&The roar of the crowds and the excitement of wheel to wheel racing action have been bottled by our friends at Bully Hill. Proud sponsors of their own NASCAR racing car, this series of wine have been bottled to commemorate this alliance. The name refers to the famous racing circuits in Watkins Glen, NY, often referred to as "Thunder Road, USA." The wines are as sweet as a ten second pit stop, produced from a mix of local grape varieties. Whether you prefer your wines turbo-charged or supercharged, give these high-powered wines a try.dhY&@@ONVStaff9/24/1999store review&The roar of the crowds and the excitement of wheel to wheel racing action have been bottled by our friends at Bully Hill. Proud sponsors of their own NASCAR racing car, this series of wine have been bottled to commemorate this alliance. The name refers to the famous racing circuits in Watkins Glen, NY, often referred to as "Thunder Road, USA." The wines are as sweet as a ten second pit stop, produced from a mix of local grape varieties. Whether you prefer your wines turbo-charged or supercharged, give these high-powered wines a try."hYPW199889 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199989 SPpublicationA blend of peach, herb, floral and citrus. Silky in texture but with bright acidity, it finishes long, with hints of fresh cut hay. Clean and refreshing. Drink now.!hY88Q199787 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199987 SPpublicationHigh-toned grapefruit flavors and zingy acidity mark refreshing wine. The finish is long and clean, tasting of lemon and mineral. Drink now.!hYR199886 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199986 SPpublicationLight and zingy, dominated by grapefruit and lemon flavors. Bright and refreshing, with a hint of herb in the finish. Drink now.4!hY}ppS199785 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199985 SPpublication}Light and pretty, with simple berry and plum flavors on an airy frame. Has some fine tannins to lose. Drink now through 2002.4!hYp$$TO199785 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199985 SPpublicationphas an earthy, minty edge to the basic cherry flavor, finishing with moderate intensity. Drink now through 2003."hY))U199789 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199989 SPpublicationReally attractive, with showy spice, clove, smoke, pear and tart pie character. Full-bodied and flamboyant, but it lacks the midpalate richness and concentration to be outstanding. Drink now through 2004.T$hYp/p/VW199793 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199993 SPpublicationBeautiful harmony from the start to finish. Layers of attractive smoke, honey and ripe fruit are kept in focus as the seduction wraps around the palate. Not a big wine, but subtle. Drink now through 2007.#hYP5P5WV199792 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199992 SPpublicationFlamboyant in its massive, smoky, toasted, rich style, it hits you with grand cru kind of power, delivering lovely pear, honey and - yes - grilled oak on the finish. Drink now through 2007."hY8;8;XM199789 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199989 SPpublicationAn intense, medium-bodied Chardonnay showing wood but also plenty of lemon, honey and dried herb. Long finish. Drink now through 2002.(#hY@@YY199790 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199990 SPpublicationA beautiful white, with a lot of nice oak that delivers vanilla, smoke and pear. Full-bodied, it hardens a bit from the wood tannins on the finish, but it's well made. Best from 2001 through 2010."hYFFZh199789 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199989 SPpublicationSome ripe fruit gives a honeyed character, with limelike acidity kicking in to provide a fresh, somewhat smoky and flinty finish in this medium-bodied white. Drink now through 2007."hYLL[X199789 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199989 SPpublicationThis very nice Burgundy, rather thick yet clean and fresh, shows multidimensional layers of subtle and medium-toasted oak, with concentrated fruit and a silky finished backed by decent acidity. Drink now through 2005.!hYxRxR\199787 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199987 SPpublicationOn the lighter side for this vineyard: bright youthful and appealing for its jazzy pear, spice and vanilla flavors that linger on the brisk, lively finish. Drink now through 2001.#hY-@X@X]$199791 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199991 SPpublication-Dense in texture and distinctive in flavor, with floral, spicy, peppery notes swirling around the black cherry flavor at the core. Has more fruit and less obvious oak than previous vintages; as a result it feels a bit raucous now, but there's plenty of character packed into it. Best after 1999.`"hY^^^&199788 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199988 SPpublicationSmooth and polished, with pretty black currant, black cherry and spice flavors that linger enticingly on the finish. Drink now through 2002.4!hY(d(d_199885 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199985 SPpublicationSoft and ripe, offering a nice range of apricot and spice flavors that linger crisply on the fresh finish. Drink now through 2001. hYqii`199884 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199984 SPpublicationqFresh, like biting into raw fruit, offering pretty melon and mineral flavors on a sweet, smooth frame. Drink now.4!hYgHoHoa199885 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199985 SPpublicationgFresh and appealing for its easy-drinking apple and lime flavors, finishing light and juicy. Drink now.#hYttbo199791 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199991 SPpublicationDark, dense and beautifully focused, packed with ripe blackberry, plum, black pepper and floral aromas and flavors that just don't quit on the long, firm finish, which shows just a hint of leather. Needs to shed some tannin; best after 2000.!hYnzzdNV87 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199987 SPpublicationnA stylish wine, gentle and spicy, offering pretty peach and earth flavors on a well-balanced frame. Drink now.dhY``eh1991Staff9/28/1999staff pickA complex wine with an aura of sophistication that will prove to be worthy for those who have the patience. The bouquet is expansive and aromatic, highlighted with interesting cedar, truffles and leather components. On the palate, the wine is medium to full bodied, with firm tannins and warm, spicy plum flavors that come through in the finish. This wine is still in its infancy, but pasta with a mushroom-cream sauce will tame the tannins quite nicely.dhY@@fO1998Staff9/28/1999store reviewA pure Sauvignon from calcerous clay soils - a cousin of Sancerre. Sauvignon Blanc grown here is capable of making wines every bit as refreshingly aromatic as Sancerre.!hYhm199687 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199987 RPpublicationThis wine is just as successful as the seductive 1995... saturated ruby color is followed by sweet, roasted herb, and black currant aromas with lush toasty oak notes. A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, this medium-weight, elegant yet richly fruity wine possesses enough tannin to last two decades, but it will be one 1996 Médoc that will be drinkable at an early age. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018.!hYqi199687 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199987 RPpublicationqBatailley's 1996 is a well-structured, old style Pauillac with a dense ruby/purple color, earthy, cedar-tinged, black currant fruit in the aromatics and flavors, medium body, an excellent mid-palate, good depth, and a moderately tannic, firm, but pure finish. This very good to excellent Batailley will keep for two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020.!hYppj199687+ pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199987+ RPpublicationThis estate has been producing fine robust, concentrated wines. While they may ultimately lack complexity, the exuberant display of density, muscle and richness are impressive. The 1996 has turned out well, although it is somewhat monolithic. The color is saturated ruby/plum. The wine has an earthy, black cherry, licorice, and dried herb-scented nose, medium to full body, and muscular, concentrated flavors with moderately high tannins. It is a mouth-filling, robust Pomerol to drink between 2000-2012.(#hYk199690 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199990 RPpublicationThe elegant, moderately weighted 1996 Cheval Blanc reveals a deep garnet/plum, evolved color. Quintessentially elegant, with a complex nose of black fruits, coconut, smoke and pain grillé, this medium-bodied wine exhibits sweet fruit on the attack, substantial complexity, and a lush, velvety-textured finish. It is very soft and evolved for a 1996. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2015.(#hY"((ll199690 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199990 RPpublication"The 1996 is among the finest wines I have ever tasted from this estate. Lavishly oaked, with gobs of pain grillé and rich fruit, it is more massive and concentrated than previous vintages. The color is dense ruby/purple. The bouquet offers notes of roasted coffee, tobacco, and jammy cassis. Although surprisingly soft and opulent on the attack, the mid-section and finish reveal the wine's full body, high flavor extraction, and moderate tannin. This complete, large-scaled Clerc-Milon will be at its finest between 2005-2018.U$hY``m199693+ pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199993+ RPpublicationMade fro 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, this is a huge, backward wine reminiscent of the 1986 Cos d'Estournel. At the château, they claim the three vintages I love, 1982, 1985 and 1990, are less "classic" than years such as 1986, 1996 and 1998. The 1996 possesses an opaque purple color, as well as pure aromatics consisting of cassis, grilled herbs, coffee, and toasty new oak. Massive in the mouth, and one of the most structured and concentrated young Cos d'Estournel I have ever tasted, this thick, structures, tannic wine has closed down significantly since bottling. It requires 7-8 years of cellaring and should last 30-35 years.%hYD((n199696 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199996 RPpublicationDBottled in late June, 1998, the 1996 exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, as well as a knock-out nose of minerals, licorice, cassis and an unmistakable lead pencil smell that I often associate with top vintages of Lafite-Rothschild. It is sweet and full-bodied, yet unbelievably rich with no sense of heaviness or flabbiness. The wine possesses high tannin, but it is extremely ripe, and the sweetness of the black currant, spice-tinged Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is pronounced. This profound, backward Ducru-Beaucaillou is a must purchase. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035.(#hYo199690 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199990 RPpublicationA strong case can be made that this is the finest Duhart produced since the 1982. The color is a saturated dark ruby/purple. The bouquet offers aromas of blackberry fruit intermixed with licorice, minerals and dried herbs. Rich and intense, with considerable finesse, medium to full body, and outstanding concentration and purity, this should be a reasonably priced wine. It reflects the increased attention Lafite's administrator, Charles Chevalier, has been giving this nearby estate. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.U$hYp199693+ pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199993+ RPpublicationThis is unquestionably a profound Grand-Puy-Lacoste, but it is excruciatingly backward. It reveals an essence of creme de cassis character which sets it apart from other Pauillacs. The wine is displaying plenty of tannin, huge body, and sweet black currant fruit intermixed with minerals and subtle oak. Massive, extremely structured, and with 25-30 years of longevity, this immensely-styled Grand-Puy-Lacoste will require 7-8 years of patience, perhaps longer. A superb, classic Pauillac. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030."hYq199689 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199989 RPpublicationIn the bottle, Gruaud-Larose appears to have returned to the form it possessed when I first tasted it from cask - a stylish, surprisingly civilized, medium-bodied wine without the muscle and power expected from both this terroir and vintage. It still possesses excellent density as well as roasted herb, licorice, and black currant flavors intermixed with incense-like smells. The wine is medium to full-bodied, pure, rich, and forward, especially for the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018.#hYr199692+ pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199992+ RPpublicationThe backward 1996 Haut-Brion was bottled in July, 1998. The 1996 exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, and a surprisingly tight bouquet. With aeration, notes of fresh tobacco, dried herbs, smoke, asphalt, and black fruits emerge... but reluctantly. It is tannic and medium-bodied, with outstanding purity and a layered, multidimensional style. However, the finish contains abundant tannin, suggesting that this wine needs 5-8 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030.'hYs1996100 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 1999100 RPpublicationThis massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scale Lafite I have ever tasted. It will require many years to come around, so I suspect all of us past the age of fifty might want to give serious consideration as to whether we should be laying away multiple cases of this wine. It is also the first Lafite Rothschild to be put into a new engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/purple color, and a knock-out nose of lead pencil, minerals, flowers, and black currant scents. Extremely powerful and full-bodied, with remarkable complexity for such a young wine, this huge Lafite is oozing with extract and richness.(#hYt199690 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199990 RPpublicationThis impeccably run, Japanese-owned property has fashioned a superb 1996. Opaque purple-colored, with a backward yet promising nose of classically pure cassis intermixed with pain grillé and spice, this medium to full-bodied, powerful yet stylish wine possesses superb purity, a nicely-layered feel in the mouth and plenty of structure. It will not be an early-drinking St.-Julien, but one to lay away and enjoy over the next 2-3 decades. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2022.#hYVu199692 pointsRobert Parker's Th


External Review
Vintage: 2007 09/19/2011

gant and well focused, with a core of black cherry, mineral and toasted oak flavors and firm tannins. Drink now through 2004."0HHK199689 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199989 SPpublicationStrays initially into the earthier spectrum of Merlot, with pungent leather, coffee, chocolate and currant flavors, turning firm and decadent on the finish. Best from 2000 through 2008.`"0L199788 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199988 SPpublicationEffusively fruity, with juicy plum, black cherry, wild berry and spice flavors that turn complex on the long, supple finish. Drink now through 2004.d0&M`NVStaff9/24/1999store review&The roar of the crowds and the excitement of wheel to wheel racing action have been bottled by our friends at Bully Hill. Proud sponsors of their own NASCAR racing car, this series of wine have been bottled to commemorate this alliance. The name refers to the famous racing circuits in Watkins Glen, NY, often referred to as "Thunder Road, USA." The wines are as sweet as a ten second pit stop, produced from a mix of local grape varieties. Whether you prefer your wines turbo-charged or supercharged, give these high-powered wines a try.d0&NNVStaff9/24/1999store review&The roar of the crowds and the excitement of wheel to wheel racing action have been bottled by our friends at Bully Hill. Proud sponsors of their own NASCAR racing car, this series of wine have been bottled to commemorate this alliance. The name refers to the famous racing circuits in Watkins Glen, NY, often referred to as "Thunder Road, USA." The wines are as sweet as a ten second pit stop, produced from a mix of local grape varieties. Whether you prefer your wines turbo-charged or supercharged, give these high-powered wines a try.d0&@@ONVStaff9/24/1999store review&The roar of the crowds and the excitement of wheel to wheel racing action have been bottled by our friends at Bully Hill. Proud sponsors of their own NASCAR racing car, this series of wine have been bottled to commemorate this alliance. The name refers to the famous racing circuits in Watkins Glen, NY, often referred to as "Thunder Road, USA." The wines are as sweet as a ten second pit stop, produced from a mix of local grape varieties. Whether you prefer your wines turbo-charged or supercharged, give these high-powered wines a try."0PW199889 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199989 SPpublicationA blend of peach, herb, floral and citrus. Silky in texture but with bright acidity, it finishes long, with hints of fresh cut hay. Clean and refreshing. Drink now.!088Q199787 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199987 SPpublicationHigh-toned grapefruit flavors and zingy acidity mark refreshing wine. The finish is long and clean, tasting of lemon and mineral. Drink now.!0R199886 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199986 SPpublicationLight and zingy, dominated by grapefruit and lemon flavors. Bright and refreshing, with a hint of herb in the finish. Drink now.4!0}ppS199785 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199985 SPpublication}Light and pretty, with simple berry and plum flavors on an airy frame. Has some fine tannins to lose. Drink now through 2002.4!0p$$TO199785 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199985 SPpublicationphas an earthy, minty edge to the basic cherry flavor, finishing with moderate intensity. Drink now through 2003."0))U199789 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199989 SPpublicationReally attractive, with showy spice, clove, smoke, pear and tart pie character. Full-bodied and flamboyant, but it lacks the midpalate richness and concentration to be outstanding. Drink now through 2004.T$0p/p/VW199793 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199993 SPpublicationBeautiful harmony from the start to finish. Layers of attractive smoke, honey and ripe fruit are kept in focus as the seduction wraps around the palate. Not a big wine, but subtle. Drink now through 2007.#0P5P5WV199792 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199992 SPpublicationFlamboyant in its massive, smoky, toasted, rich style, it hits you with grand cru kind of power, delivering lovely pear, honey and - yes - grilled oak on the finish. Drink now through 2007."08;8;XM199789 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199989 SPpublicationAn intense, medium-bodied Chardonnay showing wood but also plenty of lemon, honey and dried herb. Long finish. Drink now through 2002.(#0@@YY199790 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199990 SPpublicationA beautiful white, with a lot of nice oak that delivers vanilla, smoke and pear. Full-bodied, it hardens a bit from the wood tannins on the finish, but it's well made. Best from 2001 through 2010."0FFZh199789 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199989 SPpublicationSome ripe fruit gives a honeyed character, with limelike acidity kicking in to provide a fresh, somewhat smoky and flinty finish in this medium-bodied white. Drink now through 2007."0LL[X199789 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199989 SPpublicationThis very nice Burgundy, rather thick yet clean and fresh, shows multidimensional layers of subtle and medium-toasted oak, with concentrated fruit and a silky finished backed by decent acidity. Drink now through 2005.!0xRxR\199787 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199987 SPpublicationOn the lighter side for this vineyard: bright youthful and appealing for its jazzy pear, spice and vanilla flavors that linger on the brisk, lively finish. Drink now through 2001.#0-@X@X]$199791 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199991 SPpublication-Dense in texture and distinctive in flavor, with floral, spicy, peppery notes swirling around the black cherry flavor at the core. Has more fruit and less obvious oak than previous vintages; as a result it feels a bit raucous now, but there's plenty of character packed into it. Best after 1999.`"0^^^&199788 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199988 SPpublicationSmooth and polished, with pretty black currant, black cherry and spice flavors that linger enticingly on the finish. Drink now through 2002.4!0(d(d_199885 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199985 SPpublicationSoft and ripe, offering a nice range of apricot and spice flavors that linger crisply on the fresh finish. Drink now through 2001. 0qii`199884 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199984 SPpublicationqFresh, like biting into raw fruit, offering pretty melon and mineral flavors on a sweet, smooth frame. Drink now.4!0gHoHoa199885 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199985 SPpublicationgFresh and appealing for its easy-drinking apple and lime flavors, finishing light and juicy. Drink now.#0ttbo199791 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199991 SPpublicationDark, dense and beautifully focused, packed with ripe blackberry, plum, black pepper and floral aromas and flavors that just don't quit on the long, firm finish, which shows just a hint of leather. Needs to shed some tannin; best after 2000.!0nzzdNV87 pointsWine SpectatorSeptember 30, 199987 SPpublicationnA stylish wine, gentle and spicy, offering pretty peach and earth flavors on a well-balanced frame. Drink now.d0``eh1991Staff9/28/1999staff pickA complex wine with an aura of sophistication that will prove to be worthy for those who have the patience. The bouquet is expansive and aromatic, highlighted with interesting cedar, truffles and leather components. On the palate, the wine is medium to full bodied, with firm tannins and warm, spicy plum flavors that come through in the finish. This wine is still in its infancy, but pasta with a mushroom-cream sauce will tame the tannins quite nicely.d0@@fO1998Staff9/28/1999store reviewA pure Sauvignon from calcerous clay soils - a cousin of Sancerre. Sauvignon Blanc grown here is capable of making wines every bit as refreshingly aromatic as Sancerre.!0hm199687 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199987 RPpublicationThis wine is just as successful as the seductive 1995... saturated ruby color is followed by sweet, roasted herb, and black currant aromas with lush toasty oak notes. A blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, this medium-weight, elegant yet richly fruity wine possesses enough tannin to last two decades, but it will be one 1996 Médoc that will be drinkable at an early age. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018.!0qi199687 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199987 RPpublicationqBatailley's 1996 is a well-structured, old style Pauillac with a dense ruby/purple color, earthy, cedar-tinged, black currant fruit in the aromatics and flavors, medium body, an excellent mid-palate, good depth, and a moderately tannic, firm, but pure finish. This very good to excellent Batailley will keep for two decades. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2020.!0ppj199687+ pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199987+ RPpublicationThis estate has been producing fine robust, concentrated wines. While they may ultimately lack complexity, the exuberant display of density, muscle and richness are impressive. The 1996 has turned out well, although it is somewhat monolithic. The color is saturated ruby/plum. The wine has an earthy, black cherry, licorice, and dried herb-scented nose, medium to full body, and muscular, concentrated flavors with moderately high tannins. It is a mouth-filling, robust Pomerol to drink between 2000-2012.(#0k199690 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199990 RPpublicationThe elegant, moderately weighted 1996 Cheval Blanc reveals a deep garnet/plum, evolved color. Quintessentially elegant, with a complex nose of black fruits, coconut, smoke and pain grillé, this medium-bodied wine exhibits sweet fruit on the attack, substantial complexity, and a lush, velvety-textured finish. It is very soft and evolved for a 1996. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2015.(#0"((ll199690 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199990 RPpublication"The 1996 is among the finest wines I have ever tasted from this estate. Lavishly oaked, with gobs of pain grillé and rich fruit, it is more massive and concentrated than previous vintages. The color is dense ruby/purple. The bouquet offers notes of roasted coffee, tobacco, and jammy cassis. Although surprisingly soft and opulent on the attack, the mid-section and finish reveal the wine's full body, high flavor extraction, and moderate tannin. This complete, large-scaled Clerc-Milon will be at its finest between 2005-2018.U$0``m199693+ pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199993+ RPpublicationMade fro 65% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Merlot, this is a huge, backward wine reminiscent of the 1986 Cos d'Estournel. At the château, they claim the three vintages I love, 1982, 1985 and 1990, are less "classic" than years such as 1986, 1996 and 1998. The 1996 possesses an opaque purple color, as well as pure aromatics consisting of cassis, grilled herbs, coffee, and toasty new oak. Massive in the mouth, and one of the most structured and concentrated young Cos d'Estournel I have ever tasted, this thick, structures, tannic wine has closed down significantly since bottling. It requires 7-8 years of cellaring and should last 30-35 years.%0D((n199696 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199996 RPpublicationDBottled in late June, 1998, the 1996 exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, as well as a knock-out nose of minerals, licorice, cassis and an unmistakable lead pencil smell that I often associate with top vintages of Lafite-Rothschild. It is sweet and full-bodied, yet unbelievably rich with no sense of heaviness or flabbiness. The wine possesses high tannin, but it is extremely ripe, and the sweetness of the black currant, spice-tinged Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is pronounced. This profound, backward Ducru-Beaucaillou is a must purchase. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2035.(#0o199690 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199990 RPpublicationA strong case can be made that this is the finest Duhart produced since the 1982. The color is a saturated dark ruby/purple. The bouquet offers aromas of blackberry fruit intermixed with licorice, minerals and dried herbs. Rich and intense, with considerable finesse, medium to full body, and outstanding concentration and purity, this should be a reasonably priced wine. It reflects the increased attention Lafite's administrator, Charles Chevalier, has been giving this nearby estate. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.U$0p199693+ pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199993+ RPpublicationThis is unquestionably a profound Grand-Puy-Lacoste, but it is excruciatingly backward. It reveals an essence of creme de cassis character which sets it apart from other Pauillacs. The wine is displaying plenty of tannin, huge body, and sweet black currant fruit intermixed with minerals and subtle oak. Massive, extremely structured, and with 25-30 years of longevity, this immensely-styled Grand-Puy-Lacoste will require 7-8 years of patience, perhaps longer. A superb, classic Pauillac. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2030."0q199689 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199989 RPpublicationIn the bottle, Gruaud-Larose appears to have returned to the form it possessed when I first tasted it from cask - a stylish, surprisingly civilized, medium-bodied wine without the muscle and power expected from both this terroir and vintage. It still possesses excellent density as well as roasted herb, licorice, and black currant flavors intermixed with incense-like smells. The wine is medium to full-bodied, pure, rich, and forward, especially for the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018.#0r199692+ pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199992+ RPpublicationThe backward 1996 Haut-Brion was bottled in July, 1998. The 1996 exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, and a surprisingly tight bouquet. With aeration, notes of fresh tobacco, dried herbs, smoke, asphalt, and black fruits emerge... but reluctantly. It is tannic and medium-bodied, with outstanding purity and a layered, multidimensional style. However, the finish contains abundant tannin, suggesting that this wine needs 5-8 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030.'0s1996100 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 1999100 RPpublicationThis massive wine may be the biggest, largest-scale Lafite I have ever tasted. It will require many years to come around, so I suspect all of us past the age of fifty might want to give serious consideration as to whether we should be laying away multiple cases of this wine. It is also the first Lafite Rothschild to be put into a new engraved bottle (designed to prevent fraudulent imitations). The wine exhibits a thick-looking, ruby/purple color, and a knock-out nose of lead pencil, minerals, flowers, and black currant scents. Extremely powerful and full-bodied, with remarkable complexity for such a young wine, this huge Lafite is oozing with extract and richness.(#0t199690 pointsRobert Parker's The Wine AdvocateApril, 199990 RPpublicationThis impeccably run, Japanese-owned property has fashioned a superb 1996. Opaque purple-colored, with a backward yet promising nose of classically pure cassis intermixed with pain grillé and spice, this medium to full-bodied, powerful yet stylish wine possesses superb purity, a nicely-layered feel in the mouth and plenty of structure. It will not be an early-drinking St.-Julien, but one to lay away and enjoy over the next 2-3 decades. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2022.#0Vu199692 pointsRobert Parker's Th


External Review
Vintage: 2007 06/13/2010

Full bodied, rich and fruit forward with generous aromas of blackberry, currant, and spice. Fine tannins and a bright acidic structure.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/18/2011

This is a dark, big, deeply flavored Cabernet whose tannic structure strongly suggests mid- to long-term aging. Bone dry, it has flashy flavors of black currants, dark chocolate and cedar. Very fine. Best 2010-2015, if not longer in a proper cellar.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/18/2011

Elegant and well focused, with a core of black cherry, mineral and toasted oak flavors and firm tannins. Drink now through 2004.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/18/2011

Not quite in the same league as the winery's '03 Morisoli Cab but at less than half the price, a very good Cabernet. Polished and dry, it's ripe in the modern style, and well-structured in acids and tannins. With true varietal flavors of blackberry jam and cherries, sweetened with smoky cedar, it's beautiful now.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 05/18/2011

A lovely Cabernet, soft and voluptuous, and above all rich in flavor. Showcases ripe blackberries, black currants, chocolate and anise, leading to a dry, spicy finish. A beautiful, full-bodied wine to drink now with elaborate fare.


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