This wine was a true expression of oak and how Cabernet Sauvignon can be influenced by barrel ageing and become an expression of the wood instead of the fruit. I'm not sayiny this wine was a bad one, only that I believe it could have spent a bit less time in the barrel and maybe more time in the bottle before released. When I tasted it I knew right away that it had serious oak and cedar notes. The 2001 spent 23 months in french oak barrels. The tannins were well integrated and the wine was by no means "tannic" in nature, but the oak did make this wine a bit one-dementional. I would score it and 86 and would only recommend this bottle after five years of bottle aging.
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