Concentrated, lovely aromas of blackberry, blueberry and cassis. The mouthfeel is luscious and full withcontinued flavors of blackberry, cassis, black cherry with a suggestion of vanilla, coconut and cedar. The soft, round tannins and understated acidity of this wine complement the bright fruit characters to create a balanced Cabernet Sauvignon approachable now or worthy of cellaring for at least 10–15 years.
Vineyard blocks were harvested and fermented separately, spending 12–21 days in tank depending on the particular character of the site. Malolactic fermentation occurred before the lots were re-tasted to determine which exuded the sensory characteristics to merit inclusion in our barrel blend lots. Only the finest lots wereassembled for the final blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 12 months in French (67%) and American (33%) oak barrels, of which 33% were new, before two years of bottle age.
pepper oak nose with front flavor. heavy on the alcohol. back flavor was lacking. mediocre wine.
lots of blueberry notes and taste, some spice. definitely need to decant 30+ to elevate it
no harsh notes. smooth. not complex enough for price. nice strong finish tho.
one of George's favorites!
good. would buy again.
- about 2 years
Wine Spectator(From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 82/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/06.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Aug-06.
Wine Spectator(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/03
Wine Advocate(From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2000 Vintage) The fleeting hints of citrus and green apples in this one come and go all too quickly, and, in the absence of any semblance of varietal fruitiness and identifiable richness, the wine turns thin and slightly coarse as it crosses the palate and empties out into a forgettable finish.