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Notes of black cherries and violets are followed by a symphony of red fruit and spicy layers that finish with impressions of dark chocolate. The Petit Verdot contributes a wisp of blueberry and nutmeg, and the small addition of Merlot warms up the mid-palate.
93 points, Wine Enthusiast (November 1, 2010): “…the winery’s top bottling…”
92 points, Wine Spectator Insider(May 26, 2010): “…fullbodied and intense without being heavy or ponderous…a long, layered finish. Drink now, or hold through 2017.”
92 points, Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker, Jr. (December 2010, Issue #192): “A beautiful effort…abundant fruit, purity and texture…”
91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (8/10): “Full in body and deep in flavor with richness and slightly silky, supple first palatal impressions set against a rising tide of late-arriving tannins..."
There is great structure and balance that promises continued improvement for decades.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.