The Cabernet (78 percent of the blend) derives from the estate’s Oso Vineyard supplemented by fruit from vineyards in Oakville, Rutherford, Wooden Valley; Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Petit Verdot round out the blend. It spent fifteen months in French oak, two-thirds new.
Inky ruby color. A plush fragrance of black currant, blueberries, and bitter blackberries mingles with caramel sweetness and a whiff of cypress. The wine’s oak provides frame for its splashy fruits, and the powdery tannins are a somewhat-relief. A big, smiling, ripe, and easygoing wine.
14.4% abv | $35 (sample)