| Wine Spectator 90 points (Sep 30 2008)
A crisp, minerally style, delivering luscious flavors of raspberry, blueberry and red plum. The lively finish features touches of mint and dark chocolate. Powerful. Kosher. Drink now through 2012. 1,027 cases made. –KM
Wine Advocate 88 points (Dec 2007)
Yarden’s upper level Bordeaux blends are impressive – although not just because the wine is good. They are pretty pricey. The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon "El Rom Vineyard” (Yarden) is from a vineyard planted in 1983 and 1985. It was aged in French oak for 18 months. It is intense and burly on opening and a bit oak-dominated, but there is plenty of fruit here and a gripping finish as well. For all of its powerful opening, the mid-palate is elegant, and it has a finely crafted feel to it. It does not take long for the fruit to assert itself, and it is quite delectable, nuanced with cherries. I was not as happy with its evolution, however, and it did not entirely fulfill its promise after a couple of hours in the decanter. It held its flavor and drank fairly well, but it ultimately seemed foursquare and one dimensional. It cracked up by the next day despite refrigeration overnight. Everything is relative – it is still pretty good. I’m not sure its quality matches its price point, though, and its balance is suspect. There were 1,000 cases produced. Drink now-2012.