(From 2008 Vintage) Deep garnet in color. Inviting aromas of cherry, wild strawberry, and ripe plum are interwoven with notes of sage and blueberry. Hints of anise and clove give added complexity. Rich, elegant and well structured, the palate shows a velvet texture with smooth mouthfeel and good balance. Layered with full flavors of ripe plums, cherries, tobacco, and sweet notes of vanilla, the finish lingers with rich, dark fruit flavors.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Strident aromatic herbaceousness sets the tone for this bottling right from the start, and, while it may muster a thin bit of cherryish fruit along the way, the wine soon runs out of steam on the palate and stiffens up as drying tannin takes hold at the finish.