(From 2009 Vintage) Aromas: A richly expressive, yet vibrant mélange of bright fruit—juicy framboise, warm black plum, cassis, and ripe black cherry—draws you in, layered with sweet anise, vanilla, and subtle notes of cardamom and cola.. Flavors: Full and lush on the palate, the supple, fleshy mouthfeel will bring you back. A plush core of ripe Santa Rosa plum, black cherry, and blackberry is framed by rich mocha, vanilla, and anise with traces of tobacco and sweet sage. Elegant and impeccably balanced with a dark cherry and vanillainfused finish.
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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.