87 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011
(15.6% alcohol): Bright medium ruby. Aromatic nose of blackberry and roasted meat lifted by lavender and violet nuances. Similarly perfumed in the mouth, but rather lean in texture and showing a greenness. Conveys good precision but lacks charm. The tannins turn a bit dry as the wine opens in the glass, giving the finish a pinched quality.
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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