89 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
87 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2005
($55; 53% cabernet sauvignon, 44% merlot and 3% cabernet franc) Good bright red-ruby. Aromas of currant, chocolate and nutty oak. Juicy, spicy and sweet, with flavors of redcurrant, minerals, tobacco, chocolate and herbs. Easy to drink if a bit dry. The light greenness carries through on the finish.
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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