(From 2008 Vintage) The result is a lovely balanced wine with bright Cab-Franc blueberry aromas and flavors, supplemented with floral and chocolate-mocha accents. The soft and supple finish is complex, with plenty of fruit, mineral notes, and a tolerable 14.5% alcohol.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines65% Cabernet Franc; 25% Merlot; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich, well-ripened, and lightly dusty in the nose with Merlot's black-cherry fruit much in evidence, this bottling may briefly tease with the notion of accessibility but is overwhelmed just now by so much hard-charging tannin as to make us draw back from positive predictions about what is to come. It could take a decade to soften and runs the risk of shedding too much of its fruit along the way.