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The reticent nose opens to cranberry, blackberry, vanilla, un-burnt tobacco and hints of licorice. The lush full-bodied palate continues with flavors of boysenberry, raspberry and hints of vanilla. The long and lingering finish is accentuated by the young integrated tannins.
94 points, Wine Enthusiast “Cellar Selection” (January 2010): “Lots of voluptuous softness in the mouth, like velvet gliding over the palate…”
94 points, Michael Apstein, WineReviewOnline (January 2010): “…it’s impossible not to be seduced by this gorgeous Bordeaux blend…tannins are extraordinarily smooth and polished…a spectacular panoply of flavors…”
94 points, Wine News (Winter 2010): “…Layers of black cherry fruit, baker’s chocolate and drying mineral with youthful tannins providing plenty of grip. A high-energy red that will continue to improve.”
92 points, The Wine Advocate, Robert M. Parker, Jr. (December 2009): “…terrific fruit purity and intensity…big, muscular, impressively endowed… should age effortlessly for 25 years
92 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Dec. 09): "...an immense and muscular Cabernet that comes close to overwhelming the senses. For all its sheer size and weight, it does a remarkable job at showing layer upon layer of very rich oak, dark loamy earth and discreet varietal currants, and, while its tannins are massive...”
This powerful Cab can be enjoyed now or can be cellared up to 20 years.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.