(2012 Vintage) the color is deep purple-red with a bright purple rim. An essence of rose in the aroma, followed by tobacco, mocha and an undercurrent of berries. As it unfolds on the palate, it delivers a beautiful swirl of concentrated blueberry, raspberry and dark cherry flavors with notes of dark honey and cracked black pepper. Rich and fullbodied, the berries are swathed in a robe of supple tannin, tempered by a pop of juicy acidity carrying the flavors through the finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Jul-06.
Wine SpectatorRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/15/04.