A dense ruby hue hints at the intensity of this young, bright wine. Aromas of blueberry, red cherry and raspberry are accented by darker notes of coffee bean, spicy bramble and hints of caramel. The palate is equally inviting, opening with fresh, sweet dark berry and baked cherry fruit before the firm tannins take hold and carry the long finish through deeper tones of black tea, briar and oak.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2002 Vintage) 11% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot; 2% Malbec. Rich in oak and high in cassis-like aromas despite not being as effusively fruity as it is rich and outgoing, this wine is nicely full and supple in its early palatal impressions before firming up as it goes. Its well-focused, medium-depth flavors hold well into the finish, and, all in all, this one looks to have lots to offer now and over the next half decade or more.