(From 2000 Vintage) Merlot elegance, cabernet sauvignon structure and cabernet franc spiciness blend to yield a refinedyet concentrated wine. Aromas of licorice, cassis and smoke unfold in the glass, while blueberry andspice cloak the mouth in refined, complex flavors.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines66% Merlot; 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. This very well-crafted wine serves as a welcome reminder that depth and density are not antithetical to refinement and grace. From its rich, nicely layered aromas of cherries, cocoa and sweet oak to its impressively extracted flavors, it exhibits a good sense of proportion and never lets ripeness trump its well-defined fruit. It progresses effortlessly to a long, lightly tannic finish and is bound to age quite comfortably.