Great structure with smooth, fine tannins, a black pepper mid-palate and long nutmeg and red currant finish
94 points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine 92 Points - Wine Review Online - Robert Whitley This deep, impressively extracted version of this perennial CGCW favorite marries well-defined blackberry fruit with a layer of ripe currants, a good dose of sweet oak and touches of milk chocolate. Its sense of layered richness and its accents of sweet earth speak to classic Napa Valley character, and, thanks to its provenance, its unique mix of grapes and the attention that the Duckhorn folks pay to it, it continues to be a more sophisticated wine than Zinfandel typically yields.
Composition 64% Zinfandel, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc Aging & Oak 50% American oak, 50% French oak 50% new, 50% second vintage
· Dense color with a red cherry hue · Aromas of plum, chocolate and cherry pie accentuated by hints of violet, clove, cinnamon spice and vanilla bean · Bright red fruit flavors of Bing cherry, strawberry and raspberry, contrasted by dark and compelling layers of blueberry, mocha and molasses
Released: November 2008
September 8 — November 2, 2006
0.61 g/ml titratable acidity
18 months in oak