Wild aromas of vibrant cassis, understory, and sweet tarry tobacco bound up from the wine. There is a final heady note of raw cocoa that continues on to the palate. Here blacker forest fruits emerge and knit with flavors of tar, minerals, bramble and winter mulling spices. Fine tannin is layered and tightly woven onto a seamless and highly structured frame. The wine finally descends as a capacious wave, moving with traction and purpose to a long succulent finish.
96 Point Review - Master Somm Catherine Fallis This is a memorable, engaging, juicy blend of Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon along with Merlot and Petite Sirah. Friendly forward fruit notes of cassis, wild cherry,pomegranate and ripe plum bound out of the glass, followed by cherry cola, espresso bean, mocha, dark chocolate shavings, vanilla, red rose petal, porcini dust, savory spice, cumin perhaps, and a note of freshly ground sumac. There is also a savory roasted or grilled Pasilla or Anaheim pepper note – it is not green, or vegetal in any way, rather it is deeply flavored, savory, and earthy. The wine is full, luscious, at first, then the tannins begin a subtle ramp up. They are fine grained and fairly well integrated in such a young wine.