92 points - Wine Review Online - Robert Whitley
8 Napa Valley appellations
76% Cabernet Sauvignon
3% Cabernet Franc
100% French oak château-style barrels (60 gallons)
Age of Barrels: 35% New, 65% Second Vintage
The result is a wine that strikes an effortless balance between dark fruit, oak and tannins. Classic Cabernet elements of black currant, dark cherry, plum and raspberry are accentuated by more subtle layers of mint and black olive. Though a big, structured and age-worthy wine, the tannins are beginning to soften, framing both the fruit and the oak-inspired vanilla and cocoa notes.
The 2006 growing season was marked by a very mild summer with a mid-July heat spike that accelerated ripening. Mild temperatures continued throughout the fall allowing for a moderately paced harvest. The long growing season brought complex and intense flavor and aroma development.
Released: April 2009