A brilliant showcase of ripe, pure Rutherford Cabernet flavors, brimming with currant, blackberry, black cherry and plum. Shows pretty floral and cedary, mocha-scented notes, with a long, rich, focused aftertaste that picks up hints of herb and sage. Best —James Laube
Beautifully crafted, rich, vibrant and deftly balanced. Wonderful currant, blackberry, anise, sage, mineral and fresh earth offer layers of complexity and concentration. Finishes with just the right amount of tannin to give it a solid backbone. Best from —James Laube
Wow. Rich and powerful, with intense aromas of crushed raspberry, blackberry and just a hint of wood. Full-bodied, very rich in ripe tannins, with a long, rich fruit finish. Mazzei knows how to make serious wines. Proves that Maremma is an excellent regio —James Suckling
Totally seductive. This lush, opulent '96 has the texture of cashmere wrapped around vanilla bean, citrus, honey and coffee notes, with an aftertaste of grilled hazelnut. Elegant, medium-bodied and sophisticated, with a chameleon character and endless app —Bruce Sanderson
Fantastic aromas of crushed blackberry, raspberry and cherry follow through to a full-bodied palate, with a solid core of tannins and a long, long finish. Dense yet refined, with excellent richness and structure. This is stunning and only the second year —James Suckling
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