Richly textured, full-bodied wine with multi-layered flavors of black cherry, blackberry and cassis. Slight notes of cedar and sweet leather and a subtle framework of oak and vanilla complete this complex wine.
The grapes were fermented thirteen days in stainless steel to complete yeast fermentation, followed by four weeks in large oak cooperage while completing malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in 62% French and 38% American small oak barrels for twelve months and in large oak cooperage for an additional six months. The wine was then bottled and aged for an additional fourteen months at the winery so that upon release it would be elegant and approachable.
Wine Spectator(From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 82/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/06.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Aug-06.
Wine Spectator(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/03
Wine Advocate(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2000 Vintage) The fleeting hints of citrus and green apples in this one come and go all too quickly, and, in the absence of any semblance of varietal fruitiness and identifiable richness, the wine turns thin and slightly coarse as it crosses the palate and empties out into a forgettable finish.