(From 2009 Vintage) The wine aged for 24 months in French oak (65% new) and offers perfumed aromas of dark fruits, mocha, vanilla cream and tobacco. The bold and complex palate features elements of wild berry compote and notes of black tea and dark chocolate. Fine-grained tannins lend additional depth to the long and elegant finish. Sustainable
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines12% Malbec; 8% Petit Verdot. Wines from this mountain perch can drift into dryness a bit too quickly, and this one barely avoids that fate in its delivery of ripe, somewhat diffuse black cherry and curranty tones tinged with dry spices. Not overly tannic, yet not quite generous in fruit, this one misses out on higher honors for want of a spot of central succulence.