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Wine Spectator, winespectator.com, 7/13 (10-year Retrospective)
(XTANT Napa Valley 2003): 91

"Notably supple, rich and graceful, offering smooth currant, plum and anise flavors, with a touch of mint, black tea and cherry folding in. At an ideal drinking stage. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. Drink now through 2019." -James Laube

Robert Parker, eRobertParker.com, 6/13 (10-year Retrospective)
(XTANT Napa Valley 2003)

"Composed of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec and 10% Merlot, the 2003 Xtant is a fruit-forward, complex effort that spent three years in French oak. It exhibits an aged softness and complexity that is rarely seen in early-bottled wines. The color is a dark plum/garnet, and the nose reveals scents of Chinese black tea, forest floor and red and black currants. There is a pleasant sweetness to the tannin, and although the wine is not that complex, I like the texture and volume on the palate. Drink it over the next 2-4 years."

Robert Parker, eRobertParker.com, 12/08
(XTANT Napa Valley 2003): 92

"The 2003 Xtant (a 1,400-case blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec and 10% Merlot) offers complex aromas of cedar, earth, chocolate, espresso roast, cassis, and blackberries. Even though it is from St. Helena, there is a Rutherford dust component to its aromatics. The wine possesses sweet tannins, full body, rich, concentrated fruit, and a long finish. It should drink well for a decade or more."

Tasting Panel, TastingPanelMag.com, 12/07
(XTANT Napa Valley 2003): 94

"Complex, velvety and totally charming; notes of spice, cassis, chocolate and vanilla; 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 15% Malbec."

Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences, Volume XII, Issue 34
(XTANT Napa Valley 2003)

"Exceptional... Superb aroma of dried cherries, faint herbal notes, and a deep layer of mid-palate fruit plus a delicate smoke note from French oak aging. A lot better than some of the $100 cult wines... perfectly structured, so the tannins were softer and more in balance with the other elements in the wine (fruit, acids, sugars, etc.)."

RELEASE GRAPE PERCENTAGE CASES
2003 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Merlot
15% Malbec
1400
Review for Xtant 2003:
92 - Robert Parker
94 - Tasting Panel (Anthony Dias Blue)
Exceptional - Dan Berger's Vintage Experience

Current Release:
Xtant 2008
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Past Releases:
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Petit Bâtard 2008
Xtant 2007
Petit Bâtard 2007
Xtant 2006
Petit Bâtard 2006
Xtant 2005
Petit Bâtard 2005
Xtant 2004
Xtant 2003
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