I am not going to claim I am a wine expert, but being from Spain we get exposed to good wine early in our life. :-) I have to say that this Maximus is better than many that I have tasted before, including some of my favorites such as the Ribera del Duero, ylleras, etc. from Spain. My wife an me (on doctors orders :-) and some friends too) like to have a glass or two with a good dinner, and this one is at the top of our list to have with a rich dinner and to chat away with friends.
This is an amazing find and you will not regret the purchase. I always keep a few ready to open for my friends. I didn't buy mine here, I bought them at the actual winery in Calistoga, CA and I am now really happy to see I can buy them here!!