(From 2010 Vintage) Dark purple in color, aromas of blackberry, cassis, and graphite escape from the glass. A fresh beam of minerality supports the rich mid-palate while a frame-work of silky tannins, chocolate, and huckleberry linger in the finish.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesThere seems plenty of intent to this ripe and oaky wine, yet its grasp on clear Cabernet fruit is a little loose, and it lapses into chocolaty ripeness. It unravels as palpable heat and a touch of bitter astringency become obvious on the latter palate, and its coarsening shortcomings are not the sort that are likely to be remedied with time.