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Quite polished and filled with layers of concentrated flavors of blackberry, dark plum, boysenberry, black olive and cassis. Well-integrated tannins, though they need time to settle. Finishes with notes of chocolate-covered strawberry. Best from 2006 thro —Kim Marcus
Dark, immense and packed with zesty wild berry, spice, floral and currant flavors that are sharply focused and well-defined. The long, persistent aftertaste offers a hint of chocolate and vanilla. Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Charbono and Petite —James Laube
Firm and chewy, with candied blackberry and currant flavors, picking up earthy notes on the finish. Best from 2006 through 2012. 250 cases made. —Harvey Steiman
Ripe and creamy, with candied apple, but this lacks oomph and flavor intensity midpalate. Drink now. —Bruce Sanderson
Ripe, rich, almost flamboyant with its currant, blueberry, plum and exotic spice aromas and flavors sashaying through the thin veils of fine tannins. A spectacular mouthful that should only gain with cellaring. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlo —Harvey Steiman
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