Blackberry, black cherry and cassis, all thoroughly ripe, introduce a broad array of chewy youthful tannins. A beautiful acidity balances the impressive fruit dynamic and youthful cherry flavors lingers long in the finish. Smooth and accessible now, this rich and handsome wine will evolve beautifully over the years if you can resist the immediate gratification.
Wine & SpiritsGood full, bright ruby. Precise aromas of blackberry, minerals, menthol, cedar and slate. Supple and suave, with a slightly high-toned quality to the dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. A real crushed-berry bomb, with good acid cut and supple broad tannins. Steve Pride noted that this wine was more aggressive in the mid-rsquo;90s; the winery introduced a gentler destemmer with vintage 2008 and is now pressing the fruit more gently. Therersquo;s now less in the way of oak tannins in the finished wines, he added.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesOne could argue for a little more fruit to go with the ripeness and lavish oak of this intense and highly extracted young Cabernet, but there is no getting around the fact that this is a deep and very rich wine. It fights at the finish with more heat and tannin than is ideal, but its richness and sheer concentration sustain it even then. It is not nor ever will be the picture of polish, but it will definitely reward four or five years of quiet cellar aging.