This is a lovely, mature Cabernet Sauvignon that has gracefully aged and is ready to drink now. Back in the day, Spectator offered it 90 well-deserved points and, as it turns out, the wine is better than that implies.
Very spicy new French oak on the nose, complexed well with black berry, blackcurrant, coffee and chocolate. Very complex and ripe nose leads to a smooth entry and a luscious palate. Full body with moderately dense extract. Drink from 2006 to 2010.
The spicy has vanished as has the French oak. That isn't altogether a bad thing.
The aroma, nose for you wine snobbies, is very subtle. In the glass, the wine is ruby with a garnet hue. Very smooth on the palate, this wine is rich and medium-to-full bodied. The black cherry, currants, and blackberry are evident but have coalesced into something more than the sum of the parts, so to speak.
Serve this wine with skewered grilled lamb and roasted veggies. It will also compliment most red meats and Southern Italian.
Not an every day drinking wine, but at $35.00 US, it is a pleasant and affordable surprise.
Princeton architect, Michael Graves, was commissioned to build a temple to wine and art at the estate, which included 20,000 feet of aging caves and a cave theater for special events. Completed in 1987, the structures & garden Graves created have won world wide acclaim.
Yes, you have heard of Michael Graves.