From a Calistoga-area vineyard on Spring Mountain comes this very dark, dense wine. Smells young and tight now, with earthy/mulchy aromas mingling with black currant. Flavors run to currants, blackberries and spice. Young and tannic; it would be fine with rich foods, but better to age it for a few years and let it soften.
The underlying grape flavors are a little thin, suggesting peaches, but there’s a ton of winemaker bells and whistles. French oak yields smoky, spicy, vanilla notes, while lees aging gives a creamy flavor and mouthfeel.
Exaggerated, burnt aromas of sun-dried tomato, raisins and plum liqueur don’t roll out the red carpet. Sweet (5.35% RS) and fruity, but also tannic and on the rough, earthy side. Ultimately it finishes short.