RP 93 points: Bottled six months ago, the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Serpico is allegedly made in the style of an Italian Amarone. Because of that, I expected to see more prune, raisiny, & tar-like aromas & flavors. In reality, the fruit was air-dried for seven weeks, resulting in considerable dehydration which rachets up the level of intensity as well as concentration. There is no doubting that this is a seriously built, full-throttle Cabernet Sauvignon on steroids. It offers a tremendous nose of new saddle leather mixed with creme de cassis, tobacco smoke, & a hint of spicy French wood. With great intensity, power, & richness in addition to surprisingly good balance, it can drunk now because of its seamless integration of acidity, tannin, & alcohol. This fascinating effort should last for 10-15 years.
93 points. Source: Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) August 2003 by Robert Parker