(2009 Vintage) Aromas of ripe bing cherry, plum and fresh-roasted espresso beans echo in the wine's rich, dark flavors. An earthy minerality lends intriguing complexity before the mouth-feel softens to silky tannins on the finish.
Blend 50% merlot, 29% cab and petit Verdot. A little sweet and drinks like a Raumbuaer zinfandel. Lighter in color. Lower alcohol and med viscosity. Ruby red color. Low acid.
Love this full bodied Bordeaux style blend!!
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Wine Advocate(1986 Vintage) Rating: 81/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 106 on Aug-96
Robert Parker(2007 Vintage) "The sensational 2007 Proprietary Red Wine (a 7,000-case blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) is slightly more restrained aromatically than the Merlot, but there is no doubting its extraordinary bouquet of subtle smoked meats, oak, mountain wild flowers, blueberries, blackberries, coffee, and cassis. Super-rich and full-bodied with noticeable, but stunningly sweet tannins, it possesses a rare minerality and definition, characteristics that...
Wine Spectator(2009 Vintage) Rating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/15/2012
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2000 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Dec-06.
Wine & Spirits(2005 Vintage) The 2005 Proprietary Red is significantly better than what I tasted last year, although I certainly gave it a high score. This wine has fleshed out beautifully. The final blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) has a deep purple color, a beautifully sweet nose of blackberries and cassis intermixed with some meatiness, smoke, and a touch of pain grille as well as notes of espresso and licorice. Full-bodied, rich, with decent acidity, excellent delineation, and moderately high tannin, this is a beauty that should evolve for 25ndash;30+ read more...years. It is no wimpish wine at 15.2% natural alcohol, but that is buried beneath a cascade of gorgeous fruit and glycerin. This wine should be cruising along brilliantly in 2030+. (hide)