(2008 Vintage) Hand-picked grapes were de-stemmed and placed in stainless steel tanks un-crushed. Cold soaking on the skins for two days extracted soft tannins and intense color. Lots were blended and placed in predominately new French oak barrels to finish primary fermentation, which was followed by malolactic fermentation. Aging occurred for 26 months.
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.