This is two-thirds Cab Sauvignon and one-third Cab Franc. Very well constructed with soft, rich, broad fruit showing ripe raspberry and cherry flavors. Smooth and satiny through the long, satisfying finish. Despite its ripeness it retains just the right hint of cool-climate herb, adding interest and nuance to the finish.
Kestrel vineyard grapes (75% Cabernet Sauvignon/25% Cabernet Franc) are sourced to make this wine. This follow-up to the inaugral 2002 seems tannic, hard, and volatile. Give it plenty of air and it smoothes out some, but still hits that hard, green, tannic wall. Chewy, highly astringent and disjointed. The plastic cork seems out of place in a wine at this price point.