(From 2011 Vintage) This deep purple powerhouse opens with dark chocolate, raspberries and boysenberry, toffee, and nutmeg on the palate. With white pepper notes, its bold structure and refreshing acidity support a hint of smoaky oak and lead into a finish of cherry cola.
(From 2012 Vintage) Deep, intense aromas of allspice, truffle, fig, sasparilla, & brown sugar pop when met with a palate of fresh black cherry & blueberry. The fruit aromas develop into earthier spice notes of saffron, nutmeg, marzipan, cedar, & smoky tobacco. A carefully balanced wine with elegant tannins & a long finish.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesContrasting themes of both ripe and green fruit in the nose are reiterated in the ripe yet overly tangy flavors of this slightly stiff and angular wine. The extract required to fully cover its bones never appears, and it ends with a twist of sour red berries in its lean, slightly puckery finish.