86% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons)
Age of Barrels: 40% new, 60% second vintage
This medium-bodied wine offers a smooth, pleasing entry, integrated soft tannins, and a long finish. Lofty aromas of raspberry, red currant, blueberry, cherry cola, and delicate spice lead to polished flavors of blackberry, plum, black cherry, toast, and a hint of herb.
The 2005 season began with a wet winter and spring; which led to annual rainfall totals that were well above average. We had an ideal fruit set, which produced an abundant number of full grape clusters. As a result, the vintage yielded exceptional fruit for the season. The harvest lasted over two months—into the early days of November. In many ways the 2005 season was reminiscent of 1997, which offered an abundant harvest of remarkable quality.