(From 2010 Vintage) This wine's stunning intensity begins with its inky hue. Aromas of super ripe cassis, blueberry, blackberry and fig are under- scored by worn leather, anise and shiso mint. On the palate, the entry is rich and viscous, leading to plush, dusty tannins and fetching flavors of dark, ripe berries, figs and chocolate. Warm baking spice balances minerality on the finish, inviting taste after taste of this exceptionally compelling blend.
(From 2008 Vintage) The 2008 Proprietary Red has presence, complexity and richness. Juicy layers of blueberry, huckleberry and blackberry fold upon layers of pure cocoa and just-shaved pencil lead. The thick, smooth, firm tannin structure leaves a lasting impression and will allow this wine to cellar beautifully for years to come.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Dec-06.