11% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Pahlmeyer Waters Ranch,
- Rancho Chimiles,
- Caldwell Vineyard,
- Farella Vineyard,
- Las Amigas Vineyard
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #174, December 2007
The 2005 Merlot is looking sensational, and far better than I thought last year... The wine reveals distinctive black cherry and berry notes intermixed with chocolate, mocha, caramel, and scorched earth. The wine is full-bodied, fleshy, but has underlying acidity and a long, layered finish. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for another 15+ years.
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, May/June 2008
Good red-ruby. Dark fruit aromas complicated by violet, bitter chocolate and minerals... Tightly wound but already sexy, with fresh acidity and underlying minerality giving the dark fruit flavors excellent definition.
- Erin Green
- September 29 to October 10, 2005
- April 16, 2007
- February 1, 2008
The grapes were given a five-day cold soak before fermentation, fermented on their own natural yeast, and aged nineteen months in French oak barrels. The wine was bottled with neither fining nor filtration on April 16, 2007.