The grapes for this delicious Bordeaux-inspired blend come from several of Dry Creek Vineyard's most prized estate and hillside vineyards in the Dry Creek Valley. At first swirl, the wine displays aromas of black currant, black cherry, and blackberry. Several more minutes reveal hints of cardamom, white pepper, cumin, and dried herbs. The palate has dark berry flavors along with earthy complexity and savory tones. It finishes with notes of mocha, marzipan, fine leather, and black tea. Good acidity will help this wine age beautifully for years to come.
Blend: 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 11% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc
This is nicely rendered, with an emphasis on fresh, violet-laced blackberry and black cherry compote flavors that are laced up on the finish with a lively licorice note. There's a subtle cedar twinge at the very end. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.
- Wine Spectator, 90 pts.