(From 2009 Vintage) Deep vibrant hues of red and purple present with this Cabernet. Aromas of black currant and black plum integrate with mocha, toasted oak and dark chocolate, along with hints of black pepper and a dusty sense of terroir. Tight blackberry and black cherry flavors dominate the palate and are backed with the more subtle flavors of anise, vanillin, espresso and a note of raspberry. This is a structured yet finely grained wine.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesLight to medium in volume and riper than it is fruity, the nose of this full-bodied effort is paralleled in flavors that, while a touch dry, are focused on cherries with hints of currants and toasted herbs. Somewhat supple to start, then slightly coarse in the ab- sence of compelling fruit, the wine will round out with bottle age but does not really warrant the effort.