The intense purple wine lends aromas of bramble, berries, exotic spices, tobacco, molasses, and floral notes of violets and lavender. Ripe tannins encase mouth-filling, round flavors of anise, plum, blackberry and brown spice.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines21% Malbec. Perhaps it is the elevated proportion of Malbec that gives this wine its distinctive black fruits overlay to the expected cherries of Merlot, but regardless of source, this wine shows up with an extra layer of character. It is fairly supple on the palate, and it might be a bit soft for those who want structure at every stop, but the wine's finishing tannins provide it with more than enough grip and aging potential, and we would see it as a foil to rich beef roasts and long-cooked cuts...