**** Highly Recommended, F. Paul Pacult (Spirt Journal): "Bottled in 2003; pure, golden/amber appearance. The upfront bouquet is a tad reluctant to come out and play and, as a result, only a distant scent of ripe grapes is detected; aeration time of seven minutes really allows the aroma to stretch and open properly as it emits seductive, integrated, and dry notes of oak resin, wood sap, cotton, and unsweetened coconut; a bouquet that whispers rather than shouts. The palate entry is very tart, resiny, and crisp, then at midpalate the flavors escape like a jail break, offering resiny, maple-like tastes of neew oak, acidic spirit, and walnut. The finish is dry, almost bitter, but smooth and long. The understated, lean elegance of this brandy is what makes it so special and such a cornerstone of contemporary American distilling."