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90 "All the forward fruit in this wine gives it a zin profile rather than the lines of a classic cabernet. The black anise character and wrought-iron tannins all contribute to the impression that the Mendocino Ridge appellation is in charge of the pungent flavor. Smooth, dark and super-friendly, it's hard not to be completely charmed." --Wine & Spirits Magazine 

 

88 "Elegant and well balanced, featuring cedar, tobacco and supple black cherry flavors, finishing with ripe tannins." --Wine Spectator 

 

91 "A spicy wine with ripe juicy flavors but enough backbone to keep it firmly balanced. There's ripe cherry and softer plum fruit leading to a long elegant finish." --Wine Enthusiast 

 

1996 Cabernet Sauvignon

Estate bottled

77% Cabernet Sauvignon

23% Merlot

0.62 T.A., 3.69 pH

13.5% alcohol

Bottled June 18, 1998

Released December 1, 1998

489 cases produced

$24.00

 

Awards

Gold, West Coast Wine Competition

Gold, Los Angeles County Fair

Gold, California State Fair

Gold, Orange County Fair

Silver, Mendocino County Fair

Silver, The Dallas Morning News