|5 × 5 × 17 in
91 rating Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley includes 9% Merlot from a vineyard in Oak Knoll and spent 16 months in 28% new French oak, with a bit of Hungarian as well. It offers up textbook notes of cherries and redcurrants, plus a hint of vanilla, all in an easy-drinking, medium to full-bodied format. The tannins are silky, and the acids are tart in this moderately concentrated effort that should provide enjoyable drinking over the next 10 years or so. ”
Notes from Winery
NOSE Dark garnet, nearly violet in the glass, the aromatic intensity of this wine is irresistible. Fresh berries and dried cherries comingle with bergamot, lavender, mint, gunpowder and sage without a single element dominating another.
PALATE Fresh and dynamic, with cranberry, cola and raspberry jam. e acidity is laser focused, the spine pulling the layers of flavor into harmony with the wine’s supple, yet dense, structure. e tannins here serve to elevate, not overwhelm, the kinetic balance of texture, ripeness and vineyard character.
FINISH Toasted hazelnut and vanilla emerge as the wine leans savory with mushroom, black pepper and cedar. e Merlot in the blend really shines here with rhubarb, cassis and velvety softness.