On release, these were big, bold wines made, at least in part, by John Kongsgaard.  Of course, its now 21 years since vintage and one wold be hard pressed to call this anything but right bank if tasting blind.  Part of that is one doesn't expect a Napa Merlot to age this well.  It does have 10% Syrah in the blend so that may be part of it.  Deep ruby in color.  The nose is dusty with cherries, black cherries, slight cedar and some earthy funk.  On the palate, this has a great texture.  Black cherry fruit with a touch of dark chocolate and underlying earthiness.  This is complex and also vibrant.  Good energy.  Nice finish.  It probably should be consumed in the next five years or so.  It will work well with roasted duck or chicken dishes.  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
93
Vintage: 
1999
Current Price: 
$75.00USD

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