The Wine Advocate -A dense ruby/purple, with loads of creamy cassis fruit, toasty oak, medium to full body and an attractive, long finish. This is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. Drink 2017-2030. Range: 88-91
Several important critics have rated this Napa Valley wine highly: Wine Spectator gave the 2012 vintage a score of 90. This wine has won many prizes: the 2012 vintage was awarded Gold from the The TEXSOM International Wine Awards, and the 2008 vintage was awarded Silver from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This is one of the most popular wines from the region. This wine has increased in popularity over the past year.
The TEXSOM International Wine Awards, 2017: Gold San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2016: Bronze San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2015: Bronze San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2014: Silver San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2014: Bronze
On the nose, a healthy dose of ripe red berries. On the palate, it approaches as a denser, full wine; its bold structure is evident. Robust black currant, anise and coriander are balanced by notes of blood-orange zest and violets. Throughout, a graphite minerality adds to its layered complexity. The flavorful finish leaves lingering notes of vanilla balanced by delicate tannins. Pair with beef bourginon, horseradish-crusted pork loin, well-seasoned roasts, thick steaks, great parties, the light of an evening fire.