(From 2009 Vintage) A lovely wine, soft and charming, but far from simple. Although it has complex layers of cherries, blackberries, cassis and cedar, it also shows a fine structure of ripe, smooth tannins and supporting acidity.
The vintage is exemplified beautifully by the 2005 Trilogy. This is a superb example of this proprietary red. Beautiful deep red, blue, and black fruits al intermingle with some crushed rock, lavender, and spice box in a very scented bouquet. In the mouth, it is layered, medium to full-bodied, with sweet tannin gorgeous purity, and length. This is a stunning wine that should drink nicely for 15 or more years. Score- 93. (Robert Parker Jr., www.erobertparker.com Dec. 2007)
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesDefined fruit is but a minimal presence if not entirely missing for most of this wine's length. While it is very much structured like Cabernet complete with decidedly dry and grippy tannins, this is a wine without beauty or juice, and its prospects to show either are fairly slim.