A robust deep burgundy in the glass with a shallow rim. Blackberries and luscious dark chocolate explode initially on the nose. After plenty of air she opens up and starts to reveal leather, perfume, and a trace of oak. The floral notes last forever and are exquisite.
Ok, so is this a Cab masquerading as a Merlot like so many other Napa Valley Merlots? Thankfully no. Much softer and lush on the tongue. She’s definitely New World in style and character. There’s a nice sweetness here that never gets out of control, it’s just right. Lovely balance and structure. Nice complexity and gorgeous Oak Knoll fruit.
Smooth and round on entry, tart cherry is all over the palate. Cinnamon and smoked oak compliment well. Fresh herbs and violets steal the show. A testament to Oak Knoll and what Napa Valley Merlot can be. Just a delightful wine. — 7 days ago
Deep Ruby with concentrated aromas of ripe black fruit with subtle nutty spice & bitter chocolate. A blend of 93% Cab Sauv, 4% Cab Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. The palate offers flavors of dark fruit, sour black cherry & dried blackberries, with a firm touch of oak & leather. Tannins are present, but soft due to the age of the wine. The finish is elegant with a slight dry mineral tang, medium in length. Very Nice. This Napa offering should last a few more years, but why wait, it’s perfect now! Tasting Sample! — 11 days ago
Pretty good and holding up very well. Brandied cherry, juicy plum, chocolate shavings, dried herbs and dried flowers. Supple & silky tannins with such a nice, pleasant ripe berry finish. — 7 hours ago