88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
(aged for 18% months in French and American oak, 60% new): Medium red. Plum, cherry, tobacco and mint on the slightly high-toned, expressive nose. Supple and sweet on the palate, with a hint of woodsmoke deepening the flavors of plum, graphite and licorice. Finishes with substantial dusty tannins.
87 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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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