Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesWith a wealth of rich, smoky, slightly herbal and somewhat coffee-like themes lending singular identity to both its complex aromas and layered flavors, this supple, medium-bodied effort is keyed more on sweet ripe cherries than classic cassis. It is easy on the palate and firmed by fine-grained tannins at the finish and suggests that optimal drinking should arrive in three to five years.
International Wine CellarBright ruby-red. Dark raspberry, chocolatey oak and hints of celery and mint on the nose; offers more aromatic lift than the S.L.V. Creamy and lush in texture, with sweet flavors of raspberry, spices and earth; grew more chocolatey as it opened in the glass. The firm finish features substantial but sweet tannins.