(From 2009 Vintage) This wine starts with bright fruit and cocoa powder on the nose. The palate has an incredibly soft entry followed by dark fruits and rich tannins. The word for this wine is balance, as neither the juicy fruit nor the soft tannins dominate.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesVery ripe, very deep and very tough just now, this big-boned bottling gets good very marks for its intensity and basic substance. It is loaded with oak and cassis-like fruit, and it shows glimmers of loam and woodsy spice in both its aromas and flavors. Its hard-edged tannins and a bit of heat take charge at the finish, but a decade of cellaring should set things right.