(From 2008 Vintage) High-toned notes of red currant or cassis flow immediately from the glass followed by those of nutmeg and cocoa. With a little air, hints of caramel and a delicate smokiness appear. It enters the mouth softly and quickly fills all corners without any heat. Though bone dry, there is an impression of sweetness that comes from grape skins that ripened without severe heat. This wine is immediately gratifying but will definitely open up further by decanting an hour before enjoying.
"The red and black cherry fruit component of this wine builds to classical proportions with air. It fills the mouth with resonant flavor that lasts, the amplitude building toward elegance when tasted a day later. This is more about balance than complexity, the oak, the tannin and the fruit all finely weighted. Lovely to drink now, it should continue to develop well for ten or more years from the vintage."-Wine & Spirits Winemaker Notes: Very dark red purple. Smells thick and it is. Black curran...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Apr-06
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