2003 Barnett "Rattlesnake Hill" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5)

SKU #1333696 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The fruity intensity of this young Cabernet is impressive, an explosion of cassis and cocoa flavor that dominates the palate. Beyond that is the overall balance. The tannins are sturdy, with good, clean acidity, and the finish is exceptionally long and rich. This classic mountain Napa Cabernet is tough now, and should slowly soften over the next 15 years. *Cellar Selection* Inner quote mark (8/2006)

93 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The flagship offering, the deep ruby/purple-tinged 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill (451 cases) boasts a terrific perfume of black currants, flowers, earth, and spice. With a structured, full-bodied mouthfeel, this brilliant, pure, noble Cabernet is very long in the mouth. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2005)

92 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good deep ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry, coffee and flowers. Supple, sweet and aromatic, with surprisingly delicate flavors of dark cherry, brown spices and flowers enlivened by an edge of ripe acidity. Finishes with firm tannins and noteworthy perfume. The basic bottling seems even sweeter today, but its tannins come earlier. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2006)

91 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark A well-mannered but youthfully brawny Cabernet and one that seems to invite early drinking but will benefit from patient aging, it starts off with light-medium to medium-volume aromas keyed on wild cherries, cedar and a touch of spice to go along with a dollop of creamy oak. Supple and somewhat fleshy at the front, and cast in a complex but never over-the-top mode, the wine toughens up appreciably towards the back and wants five to seven years of cellaring. *Two Stars* Inner quote mark (4/2006)

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