Only 60% of the crop was utilized in the final blend, which was 50% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Cabernet Franc. Out of barrel, this wine exhibited far more forthcoming aromatics as well as a sweeter mid-palate than it revealed from bottle. I had expected it to be more forward, and thus slightly down-graded the wine, although I am thrilled to own it and follow what appears to be a slow evolution. It will be a potentially long-lived wine. The 1996 exhibits a deep ruby/purple color, and a surprisingly tight bouquet. With aeration, notes of fresh tobacco, dried herbs, smoke, asphalt, and black fruits emerge ... but reluctantly. It is tannic and medium-bodied, with outstanding purity and a layered, multidimensional style. However, the finish contains abundant tannin, suggesting that this wine needs 5-8 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2030. Robert Parker
Quite lean. Purple fruit and leather and wood. A bit underwhelming as I love HB, but this could do with a blast more fruit
Quite lean. Purple fruit and leather and wood. A bit underwhelming as I love HB, but this could do with a blast more fruit9.0
Lovely aromatics but the palate is still pretty reserved and in need of more time.
Lovely aromatics but the palate is still pretty reserved and in need of more time.9.2
Words Escape me
Words Escape me9.7