Ray's Station decided to add some Merlot and a small amount of Cabernet Franc to this
wine to bring about spicy aromatics and plump up the mid-palate. They also
aged the wine in French oak barrels coopered to their specifications. That
encouraged cedar and vanilla fragrances to develop.
The finished wine is dark, ruby-red. It is well-balanced
and quite complex. Flexible tannins meet layers of red and black fruit. There are
raspberries and blackberries. Some hints of cocoa and coffee may also show up.
This wine is lush, rich,
dense, concentrated. Hearty. It's a wine that can bring out the best in grilled
game and fish, same as it can with other bold dishes like stews and
extravagantly seasoned red-sauce pastas.