(From 2011 Vintage) Dark garnet in color, this wine has aromas of dark cherry and cedar box with a touch of vanilla. Raspberry, currant and licorice notes wrap around the palate with a long, smooth, lingering finish.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2005 Vintage) 11% Merlot; 7% Cabernet Franc. An immediate and accessible nose of juicy blackcurrants, vanilla and violets makes for a most attractive start here, and there is no let down in either richness or fruity depth in the mouth. If lacking the solidity and muscle found in its pricey cellarmate, this nicely composed wine gets the nod for its polish and fine sense of proportion, and it will develop very well over the next seven to ten years by dint of its structure and depth.