International Wine Cellar(2005 Vintage) Medium red. Intense spice and mineral notes accent bright red and dark berry aromas, along with an exotic hint of blood orange. Focused and lively, with fresh red berry flavors that deepen and sweeten with air. Takes a darker, almost candied cherry turn on the finish, which picks up an intriguing spice note. Peterson notes that 2005 was a great vintage for Lodi and that the vines here range from 50 to 105 years old, with an average age of about 88 years.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2005 Vintage) As befits its comparatively warm provenance, this full and fleshy wine steers to ripeness a bit more than its does to incisive fruit. It leads with dried-grapes and chocolate but manages to find a streak of varietal blackberries at its heart, and, even if a touch hot in the latter going, its open, slightly rounded, ever so soft style invites near-term drinking.
Wine & Spirits(2005 Vintage) Rating: Good Value - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 02/08