The 2014 CABERNET FRANCis begins with aromas of cassis, star of anise, and ground nutmeg, then moves into notes of mocha, ground cacao powder, and beautiful ripe cherries. The palate starts with rich flavors of cherries jubilee, malted chocolate and barrel notes of crème brûlée and barrel spices.
The nose on the 2013 is bright and intense featuring the classic Trinitas Pinot rhubarb pie, with intense rhubarb and beautiful notes of cinnamon, all spice, cloves, and apple pie spice. The palate is rich, with an assortment of red, black, and bing cherry flavors. The baking spices transfer beautifully to the palate and accent the broad mouthfeel and body of this wine.
This is our most popular red wine! Each year our winemaker blends our favorite old vine varietals. The blend is truly a “mystery” until the wine is bottled. Our goal is to produce a fruit forward, approachable wine that can be enjoyed with or without food. The aromas and palate showcase ripe raspberry, maraschino cherry, blackberry jam and vanilla tinged notes of oak. This is a perfect wine to take to a dinner party and share with friends. Aged exclusively in American oak barrels.
WINE ENTHUSIAST: 91 POINTS
The wine opens with aromas dominated by dried cranberry, forest floor, and cinnamon spice. The palate offers a lovely core of cherry, cranberry, balanced acidity and “classic” spice associated with Zinfandel. The finish is supple with just enough tannin structure.
WINE ENTHUSIAST: 92 POINTS
The 2013 Merlot’s nose starts with beautiful blueberry and sweet cedar notes. Hints of vanilla, cigar box, and chocolate round out the aroma. The mouthfeel of the Merlot is smooth from start to finish. This wine exhibits the classic Rutherford dust composition and texture. Flavors of cherry liqueur, vanilla, and dark chocolate dominate the palate.
The nose starts with surprising hints of BBQ notes like mesquite and a pinch of pepper. This evolves into beautiful notes of big black cherry, dark chocolate, and essences of raspberry. The palate is dominated by chocolate and coffee notes, the mid palate has hints of cola berry and currant which leads to the long lingering finish.
JAMES SUCKLING: 93 POINTS; ROBERT PARKER: 91 POINTS