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90 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2006
Good ruby-red. Superripe aromas of currant and oaky caramel. Supple, sweet and fresh, with rather suave flavors of currant and black raspberry. Nicely integrated acidity and a floral element add verve. The fine-grained, building tannins arrive late, allowing the flavors to expand and linger. This was the first year when Chuck McMinn's high-tech winery was fully operational, and winemaker Philippe Melka was able to vinify with 80% whole berries. The quality level here has reached a new standard with this vintage.