(2004 Vintage) The Ancient Vines Mourvèdre, grown in the warm, sandy soils of Oakley, California, produces a wine that has a distinct chocolate character. The tannins are soft and the wine has good weight in the mouth. Flavors and aromas of cherry and mint help make this delicious wine an unusual delight. This flavorful and soft wine will pair well with grilled lamb and pasta puttanesca.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2007 Vintage) This nicely extracted and well-ripened youngster sports a nice snap of brightness to its ongoing themes of blackberries, cocoa and spice. It is fairly full on the palate, but stays in balance from front to back, and, if just a touch hot and lightly tannic at the finish, it never lets go of its lively young fruit and will improve over the next couple of years.
Robert Parker(2012 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 11/20/2014