This was one of my favorites from the Las Vegas Wine Expo a couple of weeks ago. Very forward, even in the glass, which can't contain the wide range of fruit nuances typical of the blend.
The medium+ frame supports flavors of plum, blackberry, black cherry, and a touch of oak. Mouthfeel is soft and supple. The finish is extended with ample tannins that ensure at least moderate ageability.
I almost hate to post this, but I paid $34 for my first case and $39 for subsequent purchases. So Cal seems to have enough competition in the biz to keep prices "reasonable"
I'm to the point where I've switched from a "Strong Buy" to an "Accumulate", but I love this wine!
Better Red Than Not