This 2013 Alexander Valley is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec. Winemaker, Daniel Baron describes it as follows, "garnet in color with a ruby red rim. It has an alluring nose of blackberry bramble, baking spices and black olive. Aromas of vanilla, cassis and sage fill the glass, revealing the influence of American oak barrel aging. On the palate, notes of raspberry are complemented with lingering acidity and a finish of dusty, silky tannins. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2036."
Wine Advocate(2004 Vintage)
Wine Advocate(1983 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 89 on Oct-93
Wine Spectator(1983 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/30/87
International Wine Cellar(1999 Vintage) Rating: 89-92 - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 102, May/June 2002. (with 8% cabernet franc, 6% merlot and 3% petit verdot) Rich, full nose combines roasted currant, cedar, spice box, chocolate mint, coconut and smoky oak, along with a lightly leafy quality. The lushest and fullest wine of this tasting, with the most harmonious combination of fruit and acidity. Dense but firm and nicely delineated. Finishes with fine, spreading tannins that coat the mouth and teeth.