Review by Stephen Tanzer
69% merlot, 23% cabernet franc, 7% petit verdot and 1% cabernet sauvignon): Good deep ruby-red. Sexy aromas of plum, bitter chocolate, violet and licorice pastille: very Right Bank. Then smooth and sweet in the mouth, with lovely restrained sweetness to its black raspberry and licorice flavors. A floral component contributes energy and inner-mouth aromatic lift. Quite plush on the back end, finishing with broad tannins and lovely perfume. A very successful blend with great early appeal: I’d enjoy this over the next seven or eight years before starting on the Proprietary wine, which should surpass it in the long run.