A blend of 92% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.
With a full two years bottle aging before release, the 2004 Merlot Carneros has already developed into a distinctive wine: black fruits, hints of allspice, mace, and anise, and a broad-but-firm backbone. This wine shows off 2004's best character, the rich texture of late-harvested Carneros fruit, and the complexity that comes from Merlot planted in a superior site. It should age well for another five to eight years from release, not simply surviving, but developing more intricate texture and exotic aroma.
"Red-ruby. Superripe, nearly confectionery aromas of roasted black raspberry, blueberry and leather. Sweet, round and palate-caressing, with harmonious acidity contributing to a seamless texture. More nuanced and structured than the basic Merlot, but still in the fruit-driven style of the vintage. Finishes with building but
suave tannins." Stephen Tanzer's
International Wine Cellar