(From 2013 Vintage) From a superb vintage, this wine introduces itself with enticing perfumy aromas of cherries and briar fruit that fill not just the glass but the space around the glass. This Merlot shines with juicy, chewy flavors of cherry pie, blackberry, strawberry, minerality and soil – an elegant, mouth-filling wine whose lengthy finish will leave you wanting more.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines7% Cabernet Sauvignon; 5% Cabernet Franc. Another in the "Merlot goes to Cabernet" camp, this wine's ripe cherry fruit comes with notes of cola and caramel, and its early roundness on the palate is belied by a firmer, stiffer construction from the middle to the finish. Its stuffing is never in question, however, and three to five years of bottle age would undoubtedly be the recommended prescription if one is to see this solid effort reach its drinkable best.