Aroma: An array of fruits with plum, blue berries, red currants, cranberries, and baked cherries. Cinnamon spice, bay leaf, cocoa and white chocolate add depth and complexity. Palate: Bright sweet fruit at entry with plum, cherry and blueberry fruits. The palate texture is rich, full bodied and powerful. Nuances of mocha chocolate and molasses add oak complexity which lingers with hints of cedar on the finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesIt will win little acclaim as a wine of power and potency, but this slightly fleshy, medium-full-bodied working hits all of the right varietal marks and does so with an open accessibility that belies its age. Ripe, well-fruited and tasty now with a modest streak of last-minute tannin, it will drink well early on with hearty beef and lamb entrees, and it will very likely reach its peak before too many years have passed.