($56) Medium ruby-red. Slightly high-toned aromas of plum, chocolate and graphite, plus an exotic element of coconutty oak. In a distinctly sweet, plush style, with a somewhat medicinal chocolate-and-coffee quality to the moderately deep plum and herbal flavors. Finishes with dusty tannins and decent length.
93 Points | Wine Spectator
88 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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