(From 2011 Vintage) Dark perfumed aromas of boysenberry and plum combine with cocoa, vanilla cream, and tobacco. The palate is bold, complex and fruitful. Loganberry and black cherry mingle with Earl Grey tea and dark chocolate, and are seamlessly brought together with fine grain tannins that sustain a long and luxurious finish.
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.