The Sommelier Company
This is a highly balanced and easy-drinking Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The body and extraction are relatively light—it’s nimble and lively on the palate—but without losing any of the expected flavor intensity. Merlot gives it clear plum and chocolate notes and the Cabernet, blackcurrant and spice. Beyond these, gentle cherry fills out the flavor profile.
With time and exposure, a combination of fresh and perfumy red floral notes comes forward, along with slightly medicinal fruit notes, herbal tea, and a subtle touch of anise. There is a persistent bass note of warm vanilla that, along with sweet cinnamon and clove, give depth to the aroma set. Its 14.3% alcohol is well integrated, as are its acid and tannins.
The wine is a typical expression of its grape composition and region of origin, but with more elegance and finesse than the average Californian. Its bright acid and fine tannins allow it to pair widely with food. In terms of complexity the wine is relatively simple as of now—cheerful, approachable, fruity—but it should hone its character with time in the cellar.
VISUAL, AROMATIC AND FLAVOR CHARACTERISTICS:
Appearance: Light ruby, young, transparent and bright; medium-minus body
Fruit, Floral: Blackcurrant, plum, cherry, blackberry, fresh and dried flowers
Spice, Herbal, Vegetal: Cinnamon, clove, anise, mint herbal tea
Oak, Earth, Other: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, minerals