(2012 Vintage) Swirling with layered aromas of fresh red raspberry, blackberry pie and ripe cassis, this deep ruby wine enraptures the senses with fragrant dried violet, gingersnap, dark cocoa and sweet basil impressions. Plush and exuberant, the palate opens with red cherry, juicy boysenberry and red plum fruits that intermingle with hints of cinnamon stick and graham cracker pie crust. The complex array of flavors lasts through the lingering finish, framed by velvety tannins and echoes of cherry cordial and roasted espresso bean.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2002 Vintage) 11% Merlot; 5% Cabernet Franc; 2% Petit Verdot; 2% Malbec. Rich in oak and high in cassis-like aromas despite not being as effusively fruity as it is rich and outgoing, this wine is nicely full and supple in its early palatal impressions before firming up as it goes. Its well-focused, medium-depth flavors hold well into the finish, and, all in all, this one looks to have lots to offer now and over the next half decade or more.