(From 2000 Vintage) Blackberry and chocolate aromatics are pronounced. The palate offers a balance between blackberry and cocoa. This is a classic Washington Merlot with fruit-forward appeal and a lingering velvety texture in the mouth.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines5% Cabernet Sauvignon. This nicely structured Merlot takes on complementary themes of attractive cherryish fruit and caramelly oak in its mid-volume aromas, and it reprises both in flavors that are rounded and fairly supple in palatal impact. While not all that high in tannin, the wine is solid enough for a few years of age but does not demand it.