(2008 Vintage) The wine’s sheer depth is telegraphed by the deep, opaque, ruby red color. The aromatics and flavors are what you would expect from the vintage, region and variety: blackberry, black tea, baked berry pie, chocolate, raspberries and olives. While the wine possesses formidable heft, it is also smooth, silky and beautifully balanced.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines11% Merlot; 8.5% Malbec; 3.5% Petit Verdot. The unqualified star of the current Sebastiani line-up of new Cabernets, this very rich offering is brimming with both oaky sweetness and deep, well-defined fruit. Its themes of ripe currants are laced with lots of vanilla, cocoa and cream, and its plush palatal feel is followed up with a measure of trim tannins. If thoroughly enjoyable now, it comes with a recommendation of three or four years of age. GOOD VALUE