(From 2010 Vintage) Good bright ruby-red. Knockout nose combines blackberry, licorice, cocoa powder, minerals, pepper and sexy spice oils. Then juicy and gripping in the mouth, with superb energy to the flavors of blackberry, cocoa, licorice and violet. An impression of peppery acidity adds punch to the middle palate and extends the flavors on the extremely long, rising finish, which features toothdusting tannins.
(From 2008 Vintage) Fleshy and ripe with good balance and soft tannins.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines49% Merlot; 47% Cabernet Franc; 4% Cabernet Sauvignon. In its strong focus on ripe black cherries and sweet currants with a twist of dried raspberry, this blended wine finds a higher level of range than is typical of the directly fruity Sonoma style. That the wine is full-bodied and broadly tannic at this point accounts for the absence of California-style juiciness in its flavors, but their convincing depth and the need for a fair measure of cellar aging intimate that this wine has the structure ...