(From 2011 Vintage) This wine presents a beautiful opaque ruby hue in the glass as well as a bountiful bouquet that matches the intensity of its color. Lush aromas of dark currant and deep black cherry are pleasantly pronounced as they are joined by touches of fresh vanilla bean, graham cracker and toasted cinnamon. The velvety palate opens with flavors of luscious red cherry, cassis and briary blackberry fruit that melt into hints of star anise, ground clove and sweet tobacco leaf and are carried by supple tannins through the lasting finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesRating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Aug-06.
Wine SpectatorRating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/15/04.
Wine AdvocateRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate.
Wine EnthusiastRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast.