A blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels for 19 months. Opaque purple, with a gorgeous nose of incense, graphite, creosote and barbecue notes, the wine is full-bodied, rich and complex. Notes of forest floor, creme de cassis and blackberry fruit are present in this beautiful wine, which has sweet tannin, fresh acid, and a full-bodied, multilayered mouthfeel. This wine is just entering its plateau of maturity, where it should stay for another 15 or more years. This estate is a relatively small 17-acre vineyard, first planted by John Wetlaufer and Helen Turley in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains, in the under-the-radar and obscure Soda Canyon, just south of Stags Leap. These wines certainly merit far more attention. The proprietress is Shirley Roy, who is carrying on since the death of her husband a few years ago. In 2005, I preferred the proprietary red wine blend, and again, ten years later it certainly strutted its stuff and was even more impressive than I recall. (RP)
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