(14.9% alcohol, like the Napa Valley merlot and cabernet bottlings; 75% new oak): Full red-ruby. Red berries and spicy oak on the nose, along with a green pepper streak. Then a bit riper in the mouth, showing good intensity and decent depth to the currant and tobacco leaf flavors. Shows nice definition and a restrained sweetness, finishing with firm tannins, an herbal quality and moderate length.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2014
Wine Spectator | Rating: 89
A solid, chunky effort, with dense blackberry, dark berry, mocha, loamy earth and crushed rock flavors, featuring a cedary oak presence amid the chewy tannins. Best from 2015 through 2025. 2,865 cases made.