(From 2010 Vintage) The fruit for this red blend was harvested during the cool hours of early morning to maximize fresh flavors. Crush occurred in our cellar prior to fermentation and maceration on the skins, after which the wines were drained and pressed to barrels for maturation. After a year in predominantly French oak, a preliminary blend was created and that blended wine put back into barrel in order to begin the process of marrying the flavors of the component varietals. Another twelve months later, the wines went through final evaluation to complete the blend.
Wonderful harmony, intensity and concentration of cherry-vanilla, rose petal and cassis are found in the aroma. On the palate juicy blackberry, red currant and black cherry notes are well balanced and rich without being overpowering. Ripe and supple tannins finish long and lingering. This is a beautiful wine that will only improve over the next few years. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon 14% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc 2% Petit Verdot
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines67% Cabernet Sauvignon; 26% Merlot; 4% Petit Verdot; 3% Cabernet Franc. Nicely extracted and fairly complex with scents of vanilla and new leather overlying its very sweet fruit, this one rushes to ripeness once in the mouth, but it does not abandon either its vital fruit or its very rich oak. As with a good many of its similarly rich mates, it gives in to a bit of heat and coarsens as evident tannins rise at the finish. Its richness compensates nicely, however, for those rough edges.
Wine Enthusiast"From a producer that thoroughly understands Napa Bordeaux wines comes this classically proportioned blend, with is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon. It impresses by its balance, elegance and richness. The blackberry and cherry flavors are enriched with oak, leading to a long and satisfying finish. Drink now through 2010."