(2003 Vintage) "52% Cabernet Sauvignon; 31% Merlot; 17% Cabernet Franc. This masterful blend of Bordelaise varietals fixes on very deep and fairly classic Cabernet fruit while finding nuances of herbs, briary spice and just the right measure of complementary oak within its layered and involving mix. Its fraction of Merlot is made manifest by way of its plump and polished palatal feel, and its long, characterful finish is firmed by perfectly integrated tannins. Despite it many immediate charms, the wine promises...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2004 Vintage) 52% Cabernet Sauvignon; 26% Merlot; 21% Cabernet Franc; 1% Malbec. Clean and a bit mild given its ripeness and complex blend of varieties, this wine is full on the palate and sports a bit of curranty fruit along with hints of toasted herbs and chocolate. Its finishing tannins are firm but not aggressive or abrasive, and the wine is likely to drink well for the next several years alongside beef or lamb roasts.
International Wine Cellar(2004 Vintage) Dark red. Aromas of black raspberry, bitter cherry, mocha, mint and nutty oak. Juicy, sappy and rather suave, with good spicy lift to the currant and cherry fruit flavors. This has a silky pliancy of texture that the winery's 2005 cabernet can't yet match. Finishes with sweet, dusty tannins and very good length.
Wine & Spirits(2004 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 12/07
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