Fruity nose of soft blueberry and plum
Smooth texture and rich fruit flavors on the palate
Finishes with berries, chocolate, and caramel
This wine is very approachable now. If you want a 2004 Napa Valley red that's ready to drink, grab a bottle of this.
As far as Cabernet-based blends go, this one has a fairly low percentage of Cab at 49 percent, complimented by 22% Merlot, 15% Petite Verdot, and 14% Cabernet France. It has a balanced feel to it, with soft fruit and a smooth texture. Don't get me wrong, though, it's still a full-bodied red.
I was treated to a bottle of this wine as a gift! We put it in a blind side-by-side tasting with the Steltzner Claret listed above. It was softer and smoother- in general, more approachable now. It runs around $30 and I've seen internet prices from $25 to $35. Raise a glass!