Dark and seductive in the glass, this classic Bordeaux-style blend manages to be approachable yet complex. Pronounced blackberry and blueberry on the nose mingle with cedar spice and a hint of wood, while notes of bramble fruit, cherry, vanilla and dried herbs please the palate. This wine consists primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon, with generous portions of Malbec and Petite Verdot to add depth to the tannic profile and color, and to enhance richness mid-palate. Cabernet Franc and Merlot also are in the blend. The multidimensional character of this blend is well-suited for rich and robust foods. Try it with rosemary lamb chops with Swiss chard or pizza with Italian sausage. Or serve with a simple appetizer such as fig and blue cheese crostini.
(From 1997 Vintage) Bursting with fruit from the exceptionally ripe grapes, the predominant aromas are ripe black cherries, blackberries and a hint of ripe plums with touches of spice from the ripe Cabernet Franc grapes. French oak contributes vanilla during the aging process, adding to the complexity of this wine. The flavors closely follow the nose, with a remarkably rich mouth-feel. This wine is accessible now but will vastly improve with aging, perhaps for another 3-5 years. Food pairings would include grilled s...