(From 2003 Vintage) Just beautiful California claret."-Wine EnthusiastCinq Cépages ("Five Varieties") is a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon,10% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot. Each component is aged separately for two years in small French oak barrels (56% new) before blending. Once the wine is assembled, it spends six months in thebottle before release.Fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon was selected from the finest Bordeaux variety vineyards in Sonoma County...
Wine Spectator"Dense, rich and complex describes this '96 California Cabernet--with its layers of currant, mineral, plum, cherry and toasty oak and its broad, intense and deeply flavorful finish. An extraordinary wine, scoring classic and well-priced. Best from 2000 through 2008. 11,300 cases made."
Wine AdvocateRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 127.