(2010 Vintage) Glides along, offering an alluring mix of dense, dark blueberry, melted black licorice, grippy loamy earth and tannins that give the flavors traction. Impressive on the finish.
Dinner at Madison's in the Highlands. This was the sommelier's recommendation for a meritage.
$42.69 @ pavilions plus 10% for 6
Full body and oaky
Wine Buyer(2003 Vintage) Classic black-ruby color typical of this blend. Ripe, brambly, coffee and black cherry aromas showcase the varietal, while black olive and dark cocoa scents suggest the wine's Rutherford origin. Medium full-body and firm structure dominant, with the cherry-plum and herb Merlot adding nuance in the finish. Chewy tannins, fine minerality, with vanilla oak-spice adding an elegant touch of sweetness.
Wine & Spirits(2004 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
Wine Enthusiast(2004 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2002 Vintage) Rich oak and ripeness are met with a broad measure of sweet black cherry fruit first in the aromas and then in the deep, well-composed flavors of this solid, moderately full-bodied offering. There is a puckery edge of latter-palate tannins still to be resolved, but the wine's considerable fruit carries well even at the finish, and a wait of some four to six years seems the sure prescription for genuine success.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(1998 Vintage) 79% Cabernet Sauvignon; 17% Merlot; 2% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot. We count ourselves among the most enthu-siastic fans of the 1997 Tapestry and are more than a little bit disappointed by its successor. There is an early stab at richness delivered by a nice note of sweet oak and suggestions of ripe cherries in both nose and flavors, but those flavors stall out by mid-palate and fade away to a drying finish that is underscored by blunting tannins.