(From 2005 Vintage)
"With a saturated, ruby color the 2005 Secolo is all about aromatics, finesse and elegance. It has a pebbly, minerally notes with shades of blackberry, dried herbs, mocha, showcasing it's cooler vintage attributes. Although not as "big" as the 2004, it still packed a lot of black cherry, currant fruits with complex sandalwood and leafiness. It finishes with mild tannins that remind you that aging will reward, yet is unusually caressing at this stage. This wine's sexiness is it's balance and aromatics, uncommon in California Red Meritage wines, which should make a convert out of any die hard, Red Bordeaux fans."
Per Marketview: "Rich and creamy, with up-front tiers of toasty oak, supple plum and blackberry that show touches of mineral and tobacco. Full-bodied, ending with a long, persistent finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Petite Sirah. Drink now through 2018. 92 Points Wine Spectator" Per label: "complex, rich, aromatic. Cab for concentrated cherry fruit & longevity, other varietals for softness, aromatics, complexity. Will improve over 5 yrs but enjoyable now due to skillful blending, barrel aging, tannin managemt. Enjoy w steak, bbq'd meats, pasta w grilled vegetables."
Wine SpectatorRating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/2011