A sensational effort, the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard is a big wine at 14.4% alcohol. It was aged 24 months in 100% new French oak. This outstanding first growth site, previously farmed by Louis Martini and now owned by Gallo, is famous for its red soils as well as the earthy intensity of its wines. This rich, full-bodied 2003 offers up notes of volcanic soils, charcoal, blackberries, black currants and vanillin in its dense, long, authoritative personality. Having absorbed all the oak, it reveals decent acidity and an accessible style. It is capable of lasting another two decades.
-Robert Parker Jr., June 2013