Vibrant aromas of dark fruit and black currant with hints of sweet spice and toasty oak. Full-bodied and full of flavor with a round viscous mouthfeel backed with concentrated tannic structure carry through to a smooth finish.
Wine Enthusiast 92 "Intense aromas of smoky oak, ripe berries, and caramelized cherries make for a lush nose in this reserve bottling. It lands largely on the palate, with smoked meat, black cherry compote, and oak-dust flavors, framed by firm tannins that slip into a caramel sauce finish."
Seductively deep and vibrant brick red with hues of crimson, this Reserve possesses aromas of purple flowers, red cherries, cassis, cedar, warm gravel, and graphite. With time, the nose on this wine continues to evolve, revealing plum, leather, and tobacco accents. The palate is youthful and vibrant, balancing on the lighter side of blue and black fruits and berries. A second sip introduces cherry candy and wet rock minerality. A third sip brings forest floor bramble and dried herb notes. The wine is in constant motion, playfully dancing across the palate until it dissolves into dusty, fine tannins.
The fruit for this Reserve is sourced from three distinguished vineyards: Estrella River Ranch, Cass, and San Juan North. The well-drained alluvial and sandy loam soils combined with the vineyard's deep inland locations create the ideal terroir for intensely flavored wines with depth of flavor, excellent structure, and naturally balanced acidity.
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