45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Syrah, 15% Petit Verdot. Our best Optimus ever. Ruby color, with soft aromas of candied currants, fir, and cardamom. A very sharp attack of somewhat high–tone red fruit on the palate cedes to blueberries, black currant, and spicy notes which finish long. 1,400 cases produced
"The sexiest offering at present is the 2007 Optimus Proprietary red, a blend of 45% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Petit Verdot. More fruit-forward than the 2006, the 2007 gushes with blackberry and cassis fruit, smoky, burning embers, charcoal, and toasty new oak. Full-bodied and powerful with supple tannins, decent acids, and an overall impression of voluptuousness as well as extravagant fruit and opulence, it should drink beautifully for a decade.
The Wine Advocate
"Inky ruby. Pungent aromas of blackcurrant, cherry-vanilla, tobacco and licorice, with a strong note of peppery herbs. Supple and fine-grained, offering sweet cherry and dark berry flavors and a dusting of fine-grained tannins. Becomes spicier with air and finishes with excellent clarity and clinging floral notes. This extremely young wine deserves patience."
International Wine Cellar