(2004 Vintage) A breakthrough effort, the 2004 Proprietary Red Wine State Lane Vineyard is a combination of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Its dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by lovely, evolved aromas of blueberries, black currants, white chocolate, licorice, and pain grille. Medium to full-bodied, elegant, finely etched, and impeccably well-balanced, with abundant amounts of sweet fruit, it should evolve for another 15-20 years.
RP 97 - tried at amber with winemaker. drink 2010-2016. beautiful cab. Also tried again with James Suckling Jan 2011. Fruit forward, rich, chocolate/coffee, very enjoyable. However felt second time that finish was not very long so may not last for many more years
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines8% Merlot; 1% Cabernet Franc. Sweet oak abounds at every stop here, yet it is matched in degree by a nice measure of ripe, berry-and-cassis fruitiness throughout. Smooth on entry, then increasingly tough as its full complement of tannin comes into play, the wine fights with alum-like dryness at the finish and will need at least five to ten years of age and a fair measure of your patience before it rounds into shape.