Robert Parker: An example is certainly the 2005 Axios. One-hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is concentrated, still young, but with terrific density, richness, and concentration, although still playing it close to the vest. Opaque purple in color, with plenty of creme de cassis, licorice, and subtle smoke and earth, the wine is full-bodied, beautifully pure and layered, but one can sense that most of the nuances and complexity have still not emerged. This wine is “locked and loaded,” as they say, and 2-3 more years of bottle age will be enormously beneficial for it. It should drink well for two decades. A brilliant success in the vintage!
100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 2 years in 70% new French Oak then in the bottle for an additional year. Only a small portion of the Axios production makes the final blend. Only the very best of what is produced becomes a mere 750 cases of Axios.