(2011 Vintage) This elegantly balanced wine is deep and dark with a purple hue. Aromas of black currant and black cherry combine seamlessly with sweet notes of oak. The palate is ripe and soft, with pronounced blackberry and a hint of spice, lush tannins and sweet, subtle oak. Black currant builds on the finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesDirect ripe-cherry fruitiness is met by suggestions of chocolate and a fair measure of creamy oak here, and, by all counts the wine makes a fairly good start. It runs afoul of overly prominent tannins at the finish, however, and its fruit stalls out to dryness and scant heat.