The outstanding quality of the 2012 vintage shines in this Cinq Cépages wine. The nose offers layers of complex aromas including black currant, chocolate covered Bing cherry, wild mountain blackberry fruit, cassis and a soft sweet earth note. Nuanced notes of spicy jasmine and crushed rock are intriguing and add depth to the nose. The aromas lead to a plush palate with rich flavors of boysenberry, dark chocolate and black tea. The full-bodied wine is refined with well-integrated, ripe tannins offering good structure. In signature Cinq Cépages form, this wine combines the strength of the diverse Sonoma County region to create a well-balanced and elegant wine.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2001 Vintage) 10% Merlot; 8% Cabernet Franc; 4% Malbec; 2% Petit Verdot. Even with the fairly attractive first fruit notes and complex array of characteristics on display here, this wine is surprisingly short on real depth and density in both nose and mouth. Its curt tannins lend structure while adding to the slight dryness that emerges as the wine finishes.
Robert Parker(2001 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/01/2005
Wine Enthusiast(2001 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 00/00/0
Wine Spectator(2001 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 00/00/0