Burghound, April 2007.
Deep ruby. A nicely fresh and expressive
nose of just crushed red pinot fruit and warm earth aromas dissolves into
the supple, sweet and mouth coating flavors supported by firm but fine tannins
and outstanding finishing complexity. A very impressive effort and definitely
worth a look. 90-92 points
Tanzer's Int'l Wine Cellar, March/April 2007.
Full ruby-red. Ripe but rather brooding
aromas of dark cherry, meat, leather, licorice, menthol, and smoky oak.
Sweet, dense and stuffed with sappy maraschino cherry and mineral flavors.
Broad and well-balanced, with noteworthy depth and serious underlying structure.
Finishes with substantial ripe tannins and a continuing element of smoky
oak. 88-91 points
de Janvry said that 2005 gave a “positively superb quality of fruit, particularly
in the sense of fruit/acid/tannin balance. Moreover, the crop was so clean
that it was almost not worth the trouble to bother sorting. .... When you have fruit this good with such ripe
structural elements, the vinification is usually easy and so it was with
2005 too. For me, as good as 1999 is, 2005 is better still.” M. de Janvry
was not boasting about the fruit quality because it is reflected in the
quality of resulting wines and I heartily recommend these ‘05s to you.
Allen Meadows, Burghound, April 2007.