A fragrant, oak-spiced bouquet displays candied blackberry, fruitcake, potpourri and sandalwood. Sweet, expansive dark berry flavors are firmed by notes of bitter chocolate and licorice, with zesty acidity adding lift. Tannins come up late and add structure to a warm, smooth, persistent finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) A few issues back, Star Lane's basic Cabernet earned glowing praise, and this, its fancier sibling, does the same. Big, optimally ripened and positively plush on the palate, it delivers a wealth of luscious, curranty fruit with the sweet, vanilla-bean trappings of first-rate oak making it all the more enticing. It is so fruity that its late-arriving tannins come as a surprise reminder that it is still very young, and a better wine will yet await the collector who can exercise five years of patien...