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It offers a potent combination of depth, richness and spot-on claret focus. It is, as in the past, full in body, yet that fullness is an ally here because it carries the wine's deep flavors of cherry, raspberry and back currant long into a finishing flourish of power and depth.
Final blend: 61% Merlot, 20% Cabernet, 19% Cabernet Franc.
92 points, Purely Domestic Wine Report (Nov. 2012): "a very structured palate..."
91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Jan. 2013): "...offers a potent combination of depth, richness and spot-on claret focus...carries the wine's deep flavors of cherry, raspberry and black currant long into a finishing flourish of power and depth..."
91 points, Ken's Wine Guide (Nov. 17, 2012): "This slightly opaque and dark ruby colored red blend opens with a pleasant black plum bouquet with a hint of blackberry, eucalyptus, and oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth, and has a very nice mouth feel. The flavor profile is an enjoyable black currant and plum blend with a hint of oak. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are sticky. The panel suggested that this wine would pair well with shirt ribs or beef stew. Enjoy – KWGTP"
90+ points, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellars (May 2012), "Sexy aromas of black raspberry and flowers..."
90 points, Wine Enthusiast (Feb. 2013), "...one of the richer, finer wines out of Napa..."
Only 2,867 cases produced.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.