Vibrant plum color with lingering menicus that resistantly drops into its legs. Nose of orange peel and cinnamon resin with a scent of heated stone, clay earth and spicy florals undulates to cherries, plums, cassis, and a lingering of red berries. Balanced flavors of cassis, plum, black cherry, tobacco, and leather course across the sides of the tongue, up to the cedar and vanilla in the back of the mouth, to a bright finish of spice at the front again.
94 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Apr.12): “Rich and complex, deep and boasting plenty of still youthful yet outgoing curranty fruit, this wine is about as close to classic as a wine of its size and expressiveness is likely to get. Its keen focus on varietal character is matched by the supportive, wonderfully complementary oak in its makeup, and if a wine of size, it is also a wine of great sophistication."
92 points, Wine Enthusiast (April 2012): “…lots of ripe, modern-style blackberry, blueberry, dark chocolate and oak…stylish and elegant despite the power, with near-perfect tannins…”
Drink now or hold up to 10 years. Just 358 cases made.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.