A deep garnet color greets the eye as the Merlot is poured. Initially, the nose is marked by aromas of blackberry, cassis and sweet oak. As the wine opens, notes of cherry, violets, cedar and white pepper add accent. In the mouth, the wine is firmly structured with rich tannins framing a cascade of flavors. Concentrated currant and red cherry are joined with anise, exotic tea and pomegranate. The oak comes forward on the mid-palate with toasty warm vanilla notes as the wine turns delightfully che...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2004 Vintage) Long on optimally ripened black-cherries and filled out with lots of creamy oak spice, this generous, very well-stuffed Merlot hits the varietal mark smartly both in terms of its fruity definition and its supple, slightly fleshy feel. It is firmed by a nice bit of integral tannin with nary a hint of toughness, and, while it requires little in the way of aging, it has the structure to keep for more than a few years.
Wine Advocate(From 1991 Vintage) Rating: (89-93) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 81 on Jun-92
Wine Spectator(From 1991 Vintage) Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/15/94