(From 2009 Vintage) Richly-hued, opaque and dark garnet in color. Aromas of black cherry, tobacco leaf and cedar leap from the glass. Massive on the palate, this wine is built to last with solid tannin structure and great linear progression. Initial flavors of black cherry, ripe blueberry, bramble blackberry and dark plum progress to reveal spices including cardamom and a hint of cinnamon, culminating with a long lingering finish dominated by red berry fruit and rose petal. Striking the ideal balance of strength and finesse.
(From 2012 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by on 12/15/2014
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines14% Merlot. Elements of root beer and scorched chocolate sit atop ripe, but slightly dry, suggestions of plums and cassis in the nose here, while hard-charging ripeness drives the wine's dense and similarly cast flavors. There is a bit of heat at the edges, but tannin is held nicely in check, and, while a bit fat and obvious, the wine is always tasty enough.
Wine AdvocateRating: (88-90) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03
Robert ParkerRating: 90/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 157