A complex and intriguing nose with aromas of exotic flowers, sweet & sour cherries, blood orange, dark plums, and spice which play beautifully with the ensuing flavors. The palate is plush and seamless with dense flavors of plum, rhubarb, blackberry, blueberry, and cinnamon. The flavors are persistent and balanced by soft, supportive tannins.
Oct 2- Nov 1, 2006
37% Tempranillo, 28% Merlot, 21% Malbec and 14% Cabernet sauvignon
3 days cold soak, 16- 28 days on skins
French Oak–Taransaud & Bossuet
18 months–80% new oak
February 1, 2009
Krupp and Stagecoach Block(s): KVT1, KVME1, KVCS1 & D4
Napa red wine hardly gets more delicious than this. It’s so soft and velvety, so rich in chocolate, blackberry and smoky oak flavors, that you can’t resist sip after sip. Really defines the modern Napa style. The blend is Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, and the grapes were grown on the winery’s estate vineyard in the heart of Atlas Peak. —S.H.
"... It spent eighteen months in French oak, 75% new, and has lush black cherry, currant, chocolate, coffe, and smoke aromas before fairly bright flavors of the same laced with very fine tannin. Everything continues to the end of the long broad finish that has increasing spice and some unsweetened chocolate at the back. Very intriguing, well balanced, structured, and integrated. Very Good."