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Aged: 13 Years
This wine shows its elegance with age. It opens with a hint of pipe tobacco, anise and baked blackberry before the palate reveals notes of dried cherries and olive. Round, silky tannins leave a desirable lingering chalky finish. As the complexity of the wine builds in the glass, aromatics of the French oak arise with traces of vanillin and toasty caramel. We suggest decanting for an optimal drinking experience.
91 points, Wine Enthusiast (February 1, 2005): “A beautiful Cab, soft and luscious, with nuances that keep you coming back. Black currant, cassis, coffee, green olive and smoky oak flavors are wrapped in easy tannins…”
91 points, Wine & Spirits (December 1, 2004): “Steve Test consistently fashions generous, solidly built Napa Cabernets for Merryvale, this reserve meeting the standard…”
San Francisco Chronicle “Wine Selection” (March 10, 2005): “Raspberry, cedar and wood spice aromas…”
Washington Post (November 10, 2004): “A showstopper…The Reserve is sourced from Georges III, Beckstoffer X and ToKalon, legendary vineyards…”
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.