Full bodied and richly textured, this cabernet displays intense aromas and flavors of blackberry, cassis, earth, and black olive, with a smooth, lingering finish. Structured to be age-worthy, it is layered with the addition of merlot, which not only adds complexity, it also serves to round out the mid-palate and soften the abundant ripe tannins just enough to make this a big wine that you can enjoy now. However, if you have access to a cool dark place, lay some bottles of this Reserve down for up to ten years, and patience will reward you as well!
The 2002 vintage was a warm one, especially in the Alexander Valley where picking got started on September 4th. A subsequent cooling off period which began in late September extended the cabernet harvest until the third week of October, allowing for complete flavor development which resulted in rich, truly ripe cabernet flavors.
"The winery’s reserve Cab has been variable over the years, but this ’02 is really a very good wine that will reward cellaring. It’s luscious now, but such are the tannins, the dry balance, and the freshness of the blackberry flavors, that time in the bottle is bound to reward. Should open by the end of 2007, and drink well for the next five years. — S.H. (5/1/2007)
" -Rated 91, Wine Enthusiast