(2011 Vintage) Offers a medium ruby-magenta color and pungent aromas of fresh raspberries and blueberries infused with lavender and graphite, with hints of dried thyme and cedar, all highlighted by some clear wild berry notes. The wine is quite dry but balanced and integrated, its moderately dense but supple tannins and lithe acidity providing support for black and blue fruit flavors inflected by pepper, cloves and a touch of mint.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2006 Vintage) 25% Mixed Blacks. Even the most ardent followers of wines from this famous vineyard are going to wish for more depth of fruit in its latest incarnation. It has the bold, dramatic, vineyard-driven character and tannin that is expected but its ripeness and finishing dryness keep it from reaching its full potential. As always, it wants cellaring, and while the wine will certainly open over time, it still asks for a big gamble.