(From 2009 Vintage) The 2012 vintage is a true standout. The even ripening conditions and near perfect sugar acid balance in the grapes was a winemaker’s dream. The Bordeaux varietals flourished unlike any vintage in recent memory. This impeccable wine displays wonderful aromatics of cherry, black currant and black olive notes. Additional airing reveals dried floral, allspice and hints of nutmeg and juniper. The palate is full-bodied and fleshy with excellent tannin and structure. The wine is silky and smooth with superb balance - something we work tirelessly to achieve. The finish lingers on showing great texture and charm.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesThere are encouraging hints of cherries and cocoa and glimmers of depth to its clean, but low-keyed aromas, but this bottling is reluctant to show much in the mouth and its limited fruit flavors stall out and are overtaken by nominal tannins. Ripe, but a little too dry at the moment to make for optimistic prognoses, it still earns a least a brief bit of age with hopes that it might emerge from its shell.