(From 2011 Vintage) Black cherry, currant and red cherry flavors with background notes of violet, chocolate and cedar. Textured and graceful on the palate with finegrained tannins conveying gorgeous fruit through a lengthy finish. The wine is smooth and the tannins are refined and elegant, in true Merlot character.
Blend: 91.8% Merlot, 6.4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.3% Cabernet Franc, 0.5% Petit Verdot, Tannat and Malbec
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesBlack cherry and hints of briar highlight the aromas of this cassis-tinged wine, but the suggested tilt towards Cabernet Sauvignon is less evident in the wine's flavors than in its nose, and save for some finishing astringency, the mouth tracks like Merlot in character.