Ruby red in color, this wine presents an effusive nose that swirls with layered aromas of fresh red raspberry, black cherry and ripe red plum, enchanting the senses with hints of fragrant dried lavender, cardamom spice and cassis. Sumptuous and elegant, the palate opens with red cherry and juicy blackberry that join with impressions of baking spice and berry cola. The complex array of flavors lasts through the long finish, framed by round tannins and integrated oak.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2002 Vintage) 11% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot; 2% Malbec. Rich in oak and high in cassis-like aromas despite not being as effusively fruity as it is rich and outgoing, this wine is nicely full and supple in its early palatal impressions before firming up as it goes. Its well-focused, medium-depth flavors hold well into the finish, and, all in all, this one looks to have lots to offer now and over the next half decade or more.