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On the nose is blackberry pie and brooding dark currant evolve into notes of creamy toasty oak and baking spices. The palate reveals an essence of fresh berries and vanilla with an underlying backdrop of well integrated tannins. The wine deepens into the realm of dry fig and tobacco, but balanced with a silky complex finish.
Gold Medal, Dallas Morning News Wine Competition
Gold Medal, World Wine Championship Beverage Testing Institute, 94 points, “Exceptional.”
92 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (April 2011): “Very dark, very dense and brimming with lots of ripe raspberry- and cherry-like fruit as a foil to its ample varietal tannins, this ambitious wine effortlessly navigates its way past all of the usual Cabernet Franc pitfalls and is at once rich, supple and surprisingly balanced."
90 points, Wine Enthusiast (December 31, 2010): “…flavors of cherries, red currants, mocha, anise and smoky oak… Notable for the elegance and purity of its tannic structure.”
Just 406 wines were produced.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.