The 1997 is the blended with 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot for a marvelous, flavorful finish. The spicy, smoky characteristics are the result of fourteen months aging in American oak barrels. The supple tannins indicate a long life for this Cabernet. You will taste black currant, cherry, and hints of raspberry in this complex, well-balanced wine, which has a great breadth and depth of flavors. It will bring out the best in grilled steak, prime rib, and rich stew. It also pairs wonderfully with aged cheese and chocolate.