This is a luscious blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. It is regal in color - a nearly black, purple beauty. The first smell recalls dark berries, figs, ripe pears, cedar, vanilla, peper and dark toasted oak. These deep full flavors generously fill and coat the mouth. It is both juicy and mouthwatering. The tannins are smooth, balanced and silky. 2002 is a superlative vintage.
This wine is made for rich dishes like braised lamb shanks, sliced New York strip steak, pepper steak with french fries, grilled rack of venison served with a fresh onion tart, blue cheeses like our current favorite Humbolt Fog.