There is a sultry, seductive character to the otherwise expressive aromatics of deep plum and dark cherry. Flavors of chocolate and blueberries envelope you with their richness yet, with a balanced acidity, never weigh you down. The wine will do nicely with all the traditional Merlot pairings but will especially shine in dishes where you have decided to step it up a bit; a deeper braises, a richer stock, a more concentrated sauce. This is a wine of extraordinary pleasure, one that will be enjoyed for decades to come.
"John Williams farms his benchland and valley floor vineyards without irrigation, providing half the fruit for this wine, the balance from growers in Rutherford, plus 11 percent Carneros fruit from Truchard Vineyards. The tannins feel completely mature, providing a lovely underlying roundness to the plump fruit. Those tannins seem sweet, like a fruity mushroom, while the anise and herb-scented fruit itself is savory. A classic Rutherford red."
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