(From 2008 Vintage) This wine is dark violet colored, with aromas of ripe plums, raspberries, sweet spice, and smoky oak. The wine’s full and lush palate showcases flavors of raspberries and plums, while black pepper, smoked bacon, and pomegranate punctuate the finish. It shows layers of gorgeous fruit with a deep, underlying complexity that is so characteristic of this vineyard.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(From 2005 Vintage) The stated alcohol on this wine's label is the same 15.8% as that shown on the wine above, but this one seems the more raisiny and dried out of the two. It has a slightly elevated reference to sweetness in its flavors, but it is also on the soft, gloppy side as the result and then falls off at the end.