Expresses an exciting nose of bright cherry, fleshy blackberry preserves with a powdering of French barrel vanillin. The color is brilliantly dark and nuances of this wine are pure as there hasn’t been any filtering or fining where flavors may be inadvertently absorbed or stripped. On the palate, the flavors of this
wine live out loud. The crafty entry shows black berry and dried currants that build well into the center of the palate.
97 points, Wine Enthusiast (Sept 1, 2012): "It’s fantastically rich, a wine of deliriously decadent flavors, ranging from blackberry jam and crème de cassis to mocha, blueberry extract and buttered cinnamon toast…"
94 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Aug.12): "exhibits great solidity and fruity strength. It comes with a coarse coverlet of youthful tannins, but its complexity is hard to miss..."
92 points, Wine Spectator (October 15, 2012): "Delightfully rich and polished, with a tight focus on red currant and blackberry flavors, with light toasty, cedary oak..."
91 points, Wine Advocate (Dec 2012, Issue #204): "...wraps around the palate with expressive dark red fruit, spices, crushed flowers and violets..."
Just 243 cases made.
Recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.