93-96 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2012
(100% cabernet franc; there are just three barrels of this juice): Bright, deep ruby. Pungent aromas of blackberry, blueberry, violet, spices and graphite minerality lifted by spices. Superripe and sweet but not over the top, maintaining terrific verve to the dark berry, spice and bitter chocolate flavors. This wonderfully lush, seamless, strong wine finishes with superb palate-staining breadth and length.
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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