Our true Bordeaux Right Bank wine. Merlot with a touch of Cabernet Franc. This wine is gorgeously fruit forward with a core of minerality.
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Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Review by Stephen Tanzer
(Includes 10% cabernet franc). Deep, complex nose combines plum syrup, violet, tobacco, licorice, minerals and game; there’s something quite Bordeaux-like about this. Dry, broad, suave and seamless, with complicating hints of black olive and smoke. This is wonderfully full without being at all heavy. Finishes long and ripe. This will go truffley with bottle aging.
Wine Advocate # 168 (Dec. 2006)
Review by Robert Parker
The 2004 Merlot Paradise Hills Vineyard (1,100 cases) includes a dollop of Cabernet Franc in the blend. It exhibits gorgeous notes of chocolate, espresso, plums, blackberries, and cherries. Full-bodied with terrific intensity and opulence, it makes a dramatic statement about how great Napa Merlot can be. It should drink beautifully for 15 or more years.
Both 2004s have put on considerable weight and performed significantly stronger out of bottle than they did from cask.