(From 2009 Vintage) This attractive blend is loaded with floral and bright fruit qualities. Aromas of cherry, violet and sweet vanilla meld with supple flavors of currant, red berry, a hint of cappuccino and toasty oak. The wine is nicely balanced with great length on the finish. The richness and ample fruit make it a fine choice to enjoy now but it will also improve with additional aging through 2018.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2001 Vintage) 12% Merlot; 4% Cabernet Franc; 1 Petit Verdot. There is much to like about this, open, rich wine with its red cherry and herb components filled out by sweet, creme brulee oak. Its aromas tend a bit to Merlot, and, so also do its accessible, supple flavors of ripe cherries, cappuccino, loam and quiet notes of herb. It is readier to drink than its mate and softer in approach, and, for the price, it is worth remembering.
Wine Enthusiast(From 2005 Vintage)