My Rating 90 Points.
Deep and dense, Inky in color, with a dark purple rim.
Big fruity nose of black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, figs, oak, vanilla, light licorice, dust, earth, black pepper, coffee and chocolates.
Full bodied and jammy, with medium plus acidity and long long legs.
Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, earth, chocolates, tobacco, peppercorn and espresso.
Long finish with round tannins and bitter spices.
A very nice Bordeaux blend from California, with nice balance and mouthfeel. Juicy, smooth and rich. This is a teeth staining red wine.
Enjoyable to sip on, all by itself (a good porch wine). Not very complex, but not simple either, and has enough acidity to balance the sweet fruits.
Needs 30 minutes, to open up, and bring in some tannins and structure.
Although, very consistent from year to year, I liked this vintage better than the previous one.
This is a delight, for fruity red wine lovers.
14.2% alcohol by volume.