Juicy blackberry and plum flavors have just enough of a charred-oak overlay to keep the fruit from being too jammy. A sleek and sophisticated Cab-Merlot blend, it's mouthfilling and smooth, with brambly, lush blackberry aromas wafting from the nose. Aged in new French oak for 18 months; 29,900 bottles made. Editors' Choice. —D.M.