The Wine News review of "aromas of blueberry, plum and mint with hints of charred oak and graphite" is poetic license to the extreme. Bottom line -- this is a pleasant, smooth and moderately fruity cabernet - but ultimately I found it somewhat wattery, non-descript and unmemorable. The tannins are light, and it drinks fine right now (Jan 2010). Given the price, its a good cab to break out toword the end of a larger dinner party; but I would not put this out early (ie, while palates are still discerning). I bought two bottles - won't be buying more.
This wine definitely needs at least two hours to breathe. Very sharp taste when first opened, but two hours later it has a smooth finish with wonderful undertones. My recommendation is Rutherford Hills Cab if you can find it at a reasonable cost. "Peace for us all, peace for mankind. Peace is not an awful lot to ask." Neil Young quote from their newest cd. Peace out, JJH
A little rough, perhaps it needed longer decant time or more bottle aging. For my taste there are better wines in this price range.