(From 2005 Vintage) In the glass, this 2005 Merlot shows deep hues of crimson and cranberry. Enjoy the aromas of ripe bramble berries, brown sugar and cocoa with hints of toasty oak and allspice. Bing cherries and vanilla bean dance in the mouth while the balanced mid-palate gives way to soft yet firm tannins.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2005 Vintage) Fruit is very much the missing component in this oaky and oddly chocolaty working, and, while scrawny and stunted at its heart, the wine is further hindered by coarsening tannins that make it as bitter and tough as it is empty.