The deep, dark red color and richly ripe fruit and berry aromas tell you just how fine the grapes got in this wonderful vintage. The essence of plums and blackberries jumps out of the glass. Full and rich; those who think Monterey can't ripen a Bordeaux varietal just might be surprised. Yes, it's a little soft, and don't look for rich, complex tannins like you find in the North Coast. But this is a deeply satisfying, serious red wine.