92 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
This wine was recommended, but no tasting note was given. (RP) (12/2002)
92 points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
Deep but youthfully unevolved aromas of toffee apple, lemon and mint. Penetrating, rich and thick, with a deep, yeasty, baked bread component. At once brisk and seamless but brooding more than expressive today. Finishes long, dry and backward. This may ultimately merit a score in the mid-90s. (ST) 92+ (12/2002)
92 points Wine Enthusiast
Luscious and deliciously flavorful, this has very ripe, round fruits and plenty of spicy power. It’s tasty and impactful, extremely flavorful and forward, displaying loads of sweet vanilla and semi-tropical fruits, all wrapped around a long, full, lush finish. (12/2003)
Stored on it’s side in a climate controlled cellar since purchase.