The grapes for this Meritage are grown in the famed Napa Valley appellation across five vineyards. The Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on the hillsides surrounding Rutherford and produces nice, concentrated fruit. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc are from vineyards on the east side of St. Helena while the Malbec and Petit Verdot are both grown within the Rutherford AVA which has heavier soils and provides more structure to the wine.A dark purple in the glass, aromas of cherry, strawberry and mocha greet the nose with a touch of earthiness. This is a full-bodied wine with a weighted palate and raspberry, bakers chocolate, cassis and toasted oak flavors. Juicy tannins and balanced acidity are followed by a long, lingering finish.