"Comprised of 100% Merlot, the 2000 vintage is an intense, concentrated, artfully balanced wine. The color is a dark lush purple with aromas of smoky spice and dark fruit. The palate is round and mouth filling, encompassing flavors of rich, ripe black cherry fruit and complemented by subtle hints of the wine’s terroir. The tannins are fine and delineated, with the finish long and lingering." – Erin Green, Winemaker September 2002
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May/June 2003
Impressive dark ruby color. Superripe aromas of chocolate syrup, mocha, tobacco and smoke, with a meaty nuance. Fat, thick and rich, with roasted currant and truffle flavors. Extremely lush and full in the mouth, but could use a bit more clarity and refinement. Finishes quite long, with smooth tannins.
- Erin Green
- September 11 to October 16, 2001
- April 1, 2002
- February 1, 2003
The wine was aged in new Taransaud French oak barrels for eighteen months before being bottled in April of 2002. Ten months of bottle ageing has allowed it to develop further in the bottle.