Wine Enthusiast, May 2010
The Stateline Red is classic in the way a Bordeaux is classic, firm and confidently blended. The Petit Verdot is aromatic and complex, weaving together scents of cassis, licorice, tobacco and smoke.
2007 Stateline Red
This is a 50-50 blend of estate-grown Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in neutral oak. Dark, plush, well-ripened fruit is the focus of a wine still a bit stiff and steely. It’s classic in the way a Bordeaux is classic, firm and confidently blended.
2007 Estate Petit Verdot
All estate-grown fruit, blended with 11% Merlot, which seems to soften up the tannins a bit. This is aromatic and complex, weaving together scents of cassis, licorice, tobacco and smoke. Flavors follow, with plenty of black cherry fruit in the concentrated core.
2006 Estate Merlot
This is pure Merlot, well made, with classic balance and structure. It’s not a flashy wine, but the undertones of dried leaf support and enhance the crisp currant, strawberry and cherry fruit.
2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
This is 100% varietal—angular and stiff, offering nicely woven scents of herb, toast, and black cherry. The flavors continue with hints of coffee, cinnamon, vanilla and tobacco.