(From 2009 Vintage) This wine starts with bright fruit and cocoa powder on the nose. The palate has an incredibly soft entry followed by dark fruits and rich tannins. The word for this wine is balance, as neither the juicy fruit nor the soft tannins dominate.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesSeemingly the biggest of this big lot of wines, the Wertele Vineyard bottling is blessed with ripe red cherry aromas enhanced by background notes of mint and creamy oak. Its tannins are rather formidable, and its high ripeness plays into the notion of size without quite enough stuffing to allow it to keep up with its mates. It will need at least four to six years in the cellar.