This is an unusually complex and layered vintage. The nose teems with blackberries, red currants, cut hay, and burnt oranges. On the palate this sensuous wine is a mouthful of rich bitter chocolate, French vanilla, and raspberries wrapped in round, sappy tannins. Itís at once fascinating and intriguing, leaving you with a reverberating finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2001 Vintage) Here is a mid-sized Merlot that eschews strength and evident extract in favor of polish. Its mild black-cherry themes are given a lift by slightly creamy oak, and, if tending a little to dryness at the finish, it is a pleasant, lightly tannic and wholly useful wine for near- to mid-term drinking.
Wine Spectator(1987 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/90
Wine Spectator(1985 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/88
Wine Spectator(1992 Vintage) Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/95