(1997 Vintage) This 100% Napa Valley wine is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Merlot. A deep dark ruby red color introduces intriguing aromas of black currant, leather, toasty oak and an essence of cedar box. This wine delivers a mouthful of flavors with pleasing hints of ripe plum, chocolate, and earthy mint lingering into the aftertaste. Expect this wine to improve in the bottle for several years, continuing to soften and gain further complexity.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) Likeable aromas of ripe cherries, creamy oak and creme de cassis are quickly joined by a faint but evident whiff of angularity, and that edginess reappears in the wine from mid-palate to finish. It might be possible for cellar aging to help the wine overcome its difficulties, but the risks are great.
Wine Spectator(1987 Vintage) Rating: 78/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/15/91
Critics Challenge(2000 Vintage) Rating: Critics Challenge 2004 Award - As reviewed by Critics Challenge on 05/01/04. This wine shows good fruit flavors and is well balanced