has rich, ripe cherry, cassis and
blackberry fruit aromas.


Soft tannins and sweet oak combine with a gentle hint
of pepper and spice to yield a full-bodied wine with excellent balance and a long,
lingering finish

Growing Conditions

The 2002 vintage was extremely compressed, and followed a long, cool growing
season. A cool Spring saw some frosts in April and this was followed by light
rains in May. Following veraison in July, growing conditions were truly ideal
with warm days and cool, even cold nights. A few manageable heat spikes in late
September and early October brought the fruit to full maturity. A brief heat wave
during harvest had growers scrambling but temperatures dropped to season
normals and the remaining grapes matured slowly and evenly.


21 months in French Oak


deep ruby in color