Displays fragrances of cedar, dark chocolate (at least 75% cocoa), maraschino cherry, mocha, and crushed rock mineral components. The mouth is dense yet smooth, completely packed, slowly moves through the palate in waves. Saturated tannins and an enticing finish leaves one begging for more.
94 Points, Wine Spectator:
"This offers wonderful richness and purity of fruit, with tiers of ripe currant, black cherry, plum and wild berry fruit that's full-bodied, well-defined, complex, concentrated and persistent. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot. Best from 2010 through 2017. 350 cases made. –JL" (6/15/2009)
88 Points, Wine Enthusiast:
"Superripe in the modern style, with blackberry, cherry, chocolate, anise, bacon and cedar flavors that are dry and complex. However, excessively high alcohol of 16.1% gives the wine a soft, glyceriney sweetness and heat that detract. S.H." (9/1/2009)
"The moment that Julia finished this painting, we knew that it would become the label for our 2006 vintage of Cuvée Julia. This is Julia’s portrayal of the Delectus Ranch, rugged, mountainous, and studded with trees (the vineyards had not been planted yet). Mount St. Helena decorates the background with its tower on top, which holds the flashing red aviation clearance light that has been named “Roxanne” by the Reisacher family."
Wine Spectator(2004 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/31/07