Newer clonal plantings are now driving the aromas of ripe black cherries, honeysuckle blossom, sassafras and mineral. Those aromas then translate to concentrated flavors of maraschino cherries, strawberry/rhubarb pie, root beer, fresh spices and forest floor. This extremely feminine and complex wine is complemented by sweet, toasty oak tannin and vibrant acidity in the finish. These thin hillside soils have added an enormous amount of depth and complexity to the 2009 vintage wine. I anticipate seeing even greater vintages down the road.
"Bright ruby-red. Highly complex nose evokes dried red berries, cherry and potpourri, with exotic spice and herb notes emerging as the wine opens in the glass. Takes on depth with air, showing bitter cherry and black raspberry on the palate. Dusty tannins add grip to very long, intense finish, which features a late note of refreshingly bitter blood orange. This definitely deserves patience.
International Wine Cellar
"Lots of sweet, ripe, jammy blackberry, blueberry and raspberry fruit in this sweet, silky wine. Oak, too, plays its role in contributing toast and caramel notes. A little too ripe for comfort, but delicious. Drink over the next six years."