Wine Companion - 96 Points
The 9th release, from vines planted 1998 in the Coal River Valley. A small crop, from a cool harvest. Hand picked; fermented and matured 10 months in French oak barrels with gentle bâtonnage. The concentration from a small crop contrasts the tension of this cool site with grand stature and presence. The carefully tuned gunflint of barrel fermentation backs a core of pure grapefruit and lemon, backed emphatically with crystalline acidity and the finely textured, creamy structure of lees age and bâtonnage. Dreamy line and length.