Appearance: Deep garnet. Aroma: Inviting aromas of dark cherry, sage, and red plums. Complex layers of ripe berries, with undertones of vanilla and cloves. Flavors: Full-bodied and textural, with ripe flavors of black plum and cherry, cocoa and cassis. A concentrated, rich palate with round tannins leads to a long finish interwoven with blackberry, anise and mocha.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) 73% Cabernet Sauvignon; 23% Merlot; 4% Bordelais reds. With decently focused cassis-like fruit as its central theme and accents of cocoa and sweet oak in support, this wine finds its full-bodied, supple texture set against decently fruited, somewhat coarsely grained impressions, and that slight edginess stays around until the finish. A bit of cellaring is needed.
Wine Spectator(2003 Vintage) Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/06
Wine & Spirits(1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
Wine Spectator(1999 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator