(two-thirds cabernet franc and one-third cabernet sauvignon): Good red-ruby. Very sexy but youthfully reticent aromas of licorice, cocoa powder, red leaf tobacco, lavender and spicy oak. Aromatic in the mouth but a bit musclebound today, conveying a cooler aspect to its cherry, spice and cedar flavors. Finishes with lovely building perfume and classic dryness. The cabernet franc is from 35-year-old vines at Rancho Chimiles in the temperate Wooden Valley, several miles northeast of the town of Napa, while the cabernet sauvignon is from Meteor Vineyard in Coombsville.
90 Points | Wine Spectator
94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate