|92-94 points Robert Parker: Absolutely no new oak is showing, which is unusual for this wine, but that tells you how concentrated and textured the fruit is in this vintage. Dense ruby/purple to the rim, with plenty of exotic black fruits, jammy red fruits, some truffle, roasted herbs, and incense, the wine is full-bodied, luscious, exuberant, and opulent. It will be impossible to resist in its youth. This wine should drink well for 10-15 or more years, given the fact that a recently tasted 2000 was still an adolescent.
89-92 points Wine Spectator: Milk chocolate with bright berry character on the nose. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and gorgeous ripe fruit. Long and caressing. A little overripe.
89-92 points Steven Tanzer: Very deep ruby. Crushed cassis, coffee, menthol and violet on the rather cool, smoky nose. Then fairly round, fruity and moderately sweet in the middle palate, but with a slightly peppery quality to the flavors of chocolate-covered cherry, prune and tea leaf. Finishes with subtle persistence and slightly chalky tannins.