Saturated with rich, vibrant color, the generous nose exudes tantalizing aromas of Bing cherry, cassis and cola. Upon
entry, profuse flavors of raspberries, plum and baking spices intertwine with fine-grained tannins to create a supple,
chewy middle palate. The complex range of flavors in this expansive wine are heightened by its smooth, velvety texture
and its long, lingering finish.
"Both deeper in fruit and far more complex than the mainstream Merlot model predicts, this stunning effort is rife with perfectly ripe cherries and shows layers of rich oak, sweet loam and hints of cola throughout its considerable length. Its integral spine of fine-grained tannins guarantee that it will grow over four to six years, and its scant edge of stiffening, last-minute acid is but a minor distraction when measured against the richness that has gone before and the wine's future."
"Dense and racy, with blackberry and spicy espresso aromas that lead to complex, layered currant, mocha and toasty sage flavors. Tannins firm up the finish."
"The 2006 Arise (100% Merlot) possesses the most chocolate, cocoa, and charcoal notes along with lots of berry fruit, silky tannins, a lovely, medium to full-bodied, lush texture, and irresistible charm and appeal."
The Wine Advocate