Zesty pepperming and wet bark drive a stiff tertiary bargain against rotund compost-heap barnyard but alongside a glassine but fairly bodacious ripe fruit which becomes apparent–in the mouth–to be at absolute PEAK. A bit of alcohol chimes in late-breathe and again mid-finish. Dark cherry and cinnamon play good-cop until still-green tannins kick in. A calculatedly not-unpleasant wine, just don’t try to read too much into it and I would highly suggest–if it is available to you–not buying a ton to age. Check one out, and enjoy for what it is RIGHT NOW.
2009 ARBOR BENCH ‘Reflections’ ME/Cab/Bec 51/30/19 Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County California 14.5