Ripe black cherry and plum aromas mingle with toasty oak and a hint of leather.
Flavor: In the mouth, ripe black cherry, plum and currant flavors are beautifully in balance with sweet oak carrying through to a long finish. Tannins are supple and round.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 91 points - Quite reliant on jazzy oak, but it's also quite rich and concentrated, with appealing currant, black cherry, anise, mineral and leathery notes, finishing with pretty coffee ground notes. Drink now through 2009. 88,858 cases made. –JL
May 2011 Ultimate Wine Challenge (May 2011)
Super rich and mouth filling with flavors of cassis coffee and toasted oak that lends to a great body and texture with rich, ripe supple tannins on the lingering finish.
WINE NEWS #1 Best Value Cabs 1998" Dec 98/Jan 99
WINE & SPIRITS "Recommended New Release" Dec 1999
WINE SPECTATOR 89 Pts. "A smooth, sleek, richly flavored wine, with intense black cherry and blackberry fruit that is shaded by earthy, cedary overtones. Finishes with a long, gushing, fruity aftertaste. Drink now through 2009." Oct. 31, 2002 (1999 Vintage
|Varietal Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot
Appellation: Napa Valley
Oak Aging: 17 months
Type of Oak: American & French, 25% new
Total Acidity: 5.8 g/l