(From 2008 Vintage) High-toned notes of red currant or cassis flow immediately from the glass followed by those of nutmeg and cocoa. With a little air, hints of caramel and a delicate smokiness appear. It enters the mouth softly and quickly fills all corners without any heat. Though bone dry, there is an impression of sweetness that comes from grape skins that ripened without severe heat. This wine is immediately gratifying but will definitely open up further by decanting an hour before enjoying.
(From 2009 Vintage) Offers exotic notes of raspberry liqueur, chocolate-covered fruit, mole, and dried rose petals flow to the top of the glass. In the mouth, it explodes to all corners of the palate and is incredibly flavorful, dense, and juicy. Though bone dry, there is an impression of sweetness that comes from grape skins that ripened without severe heat. This wine is immediately gratifying and does not require decanting. Enjoy.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesThis wine's mix of richness and power elevates it to the top ranks in this vintage. Starting with aromas of ripe currants, dusty spice, briar, caramel and green olives and following with full-bodied, supple flavors of similarly correct focus and impressive depth, this one ends with plenty of tannin for structure and longevity but is not overwhelmed by it. Folks who favor young, deep Cabernets will find a lot to like in this mannerly but promising wine, and yet it will also reward patient cellarin...
Wine Spectator"Offers gorgeous fruit purity, with ripe, fleshy, plush plum, currant and black cherry flavors that are framed and supported by lively acidity and firm tannins. It all adds up to a rich, concentrated, focused wine that's intense yet elegant and beautifully balanced. Best from 2009 through 2015."