The philosophy of blending is basic to the concept of Trilogy. We approach this wine like an artist with a palette of colors. The result is a complex masterpiece of flavors and aromas that have great persistence on the palate and are tempered with a sense of elegance and finesse.
A preliminary Trilogy blend was made after malo-lactic fermentation had concluded. The wine rested quietly in small (50% new) French oak barrels until just prior to bottling. In 1998 we added Malbec to the blend for the first time and we were so pleased with the result that we included it in the 1999 version as well. The Malbec adds depth of color and an intense blueberry, black plum character to the wine.
48% cabernet sauvignon, 42% merlot, 6% cabernet franc, 4% malbec
| Wine Spectator 91 points (Jun 15 2015)
The pure, intense and vibrant fruit is rich, focused, deep and expansive without being weighty. The core of dark berry, mineral, graphite and cedary notes gain nuance while retaining structure and purpose. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2028. 4,882 cases made. -JL