This is an elaborately constructed wine, rich in fruit and tannins, and far better than the rather ordinary 2006. But it’s nowhere near ready to drink now. Erupts with ripe, juicy blackberries, black cherries, minerals and sweet cassis. The grapes are from the Pope Valley region. Very big, bold and dramatic, but immature. Hold for a good six years.
A new-style wine, ultraripe in blackberry and cherry jam, and heavily oaked, showing lush layers of caramel and smoky butterscotch. Obvious and almost over the top now in flash and flamboyance. Might pull together in a couple years.