(From 2007 Vintage) This is our first vintage where we added a small amount of merlot and it had a major impact on the wine. In addition to our classic cassis and blackberry, this wine has a layer of rich chocolate accent. The merlot also rounded out the middle of the wine giving it a richer, layered quality. Aromatically the wine leaps from the glass: it starts with a wave of deep fruits, which gives way to hints of mocha and coca. In the mouth it has an initial burst of fruit, but it expands across the palate and eventually gives way to a long fruit driven finish. This is a very seductive wine that will be approachable on release and continue to develop for well over a decade.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Aug-06
Wine AdvocateRating: 89/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00
Wine SpectatorRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/01