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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




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