(From 2005 Vintage) It is a plush and sophisticated Cabernet Sauvignon balancing age-worthy acidity and integrated tannins with a soft, fleshy texture. Classic aromas of black olive, black currant, earth and mint are echoed on the palate alongside mineral undertones. The oak profile lends depth and nuance to this elegantly structured wine.
(From 2008 Vintage) With its signature notes of black truffle, olive and wet earth, this wine is unmistakably from Patzimaro Vineyard. The earthy entry leads to a silky mid-palate that balances lush fruit, lifted acidity, approachable tannins and well-integrated oak, all leading to a lingering black currant finish with hints of tobacco leaf and anise.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesDeep, well-defined and wonderfully constant, ripe currant fruit makes this one our choice of the Duckhorn bunch, and, while a rich and heady working with lots of meat on its bones, it is also a neatly composed wine whose integral tannins are buffered by extract to spare. It is, in fact, sufficiently supple and fruity as to tempt drinking now, but we see it getting better with age and urge four or five years of cellaring.