A straight varietal Cabernet from the Lodi region in California which sees ten months maturation in French oak – 5% new, 15% one-year. Destemming before fermentation, twice daily pumpovers, with maceration taking between two and four weeks. Opaque maroon, the nose offers chocolate, bergamot, blackberries, dried herbs, some warm earth and spicy notes, even a hint of blueberries. This is bright and fresh, offering delicious flavours so lots to like here. It has everything in place to age easily for another six to eight years thanks to good length before it finishes with soft, gentle tannins. An attractive Californian Cab at a fraction of the price one normally expects to pay.92 pts - Kim Brebach (BWU20)
Monster red from Central California . Loads of smoky oak, lots of pepper, lots of depth, dark berries and dark chocolate, not exactly subtle. Götterdämmerung in a bottle. Perfect with rare standing rib roast I suspect, with Nibelungen cycle on the stereo.