This is the oldest in our cellar and oldest when tasted. It wasn't as concentrated, smooth, balanced or polished as my earlier rating of the 2001 vintage, or of the 2003 vintage might indicate. Setting aside the fact these are three different vintages, when I analyze those reviews, they were 94 points at 2 years of age, 92 at eight years of age, 91 points at ten years of age, and now 87 points at fourteen years of age. Is there a message or a trend here? I would say so, the tasting window on Cellartracker says drink by 2009 ... drink up ... It was great with pizza in any event.
The 2001 at fourteen is garnet colored, medium bodied with bright cherry and black berry giving way to tones of cedar and leather with hints of green pepper and tar returning to a bit of cedar on the lingering finish.
RM 88 points.