International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89($48; merlot with 18% syrah; from a 1998 planting) Bright red-ruby. Dusty aromas of bitter cherry, currant, minerals, tobacco and licorice. Sweet, lush and creamy, with expressive flavors of bitter cherry, tobacco, cedar and eucalyptus. Then finishes with big, tongue-dusting tannins and good length. With a bit less mid-palate stuffing, this shows a slight dry edge on the back.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2004
In 1976, the family found another 57 acres on the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley. The property runs from the Napa River to the Eastern Vaca Range, adjacent to the famed Eisele Vineyard, and is the source of thier Lamb Vineyard Cabernet, Coach Insignia Cabernet and Cameron Bordeaux Blend.
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Collector Data For This Wine
- 19 bottles owned
- 3 collectors