A nice wine considering the vintage.  Purple in color.  The nose has nice cassis, slight tobacco and slight bell pepper.  On the palate, this is medium bodied with good cassis fruit.  Not a lot of tannins nor depth or complexity.  Perhaps with some cellaring it gains weight and complexity.  Nevertheless, it is very good right now.  Plenty of sinewy cassis fruit with underlying tobacco.  Nice acidity.  If found at the right price, it might be worth laying a couple of bottles down for a few years to see what develops.  


Visiting wine country? The Priority Wine Pass gives you Complimentary or 2 for 1 tastings at 250 California wineries for an entire year.