The 1999 vintage has a greater portion of Merlot and Cabernet Franc than previous blends, showing off the youthful fruit qualities without detracting from its ageability. It is a rich ruby, dense purple color and in the nose there are flavors of coconut, caramel, chocolate and almond; almost like a Mounds candy bar. The denseness and concentration of the vintage shows in the black cherry, cassis, and rich blackberry flavors from the Cabernet
Sauvignon, while the Cabernet Franc offers blueberry and violet characters.The Merlot adds a slight green tea-like character and big, intense cherry ending, making this an unusually complex wine. The sweet fruit qualities carry through with a hint of spicy, toasted flavors. Although the 1999 Oroppas offers a soft entry, it is very weighted and full in the mouth, with hints of leather, toffee, and spiced flavors of allspice, cinnamon and dried herbs.
Wine SpectatorGenerous, ripe, rich, polished currant, plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit is shaded by pretty, toasty-roasted coffee- and mocha-flavored oak. Tannins are fine and well-integrated. Very showy now and worthy of short-term cellaring. Drink now through 2009. 5,200 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastWhat a complex nose on this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cab Franc. The dominant aroma is a leathery, grilled meat scent, alongside charred oak. Blackberry tea and cherry flavors show up in the mouth, where it's dry, with pure, soft tannins. It's a bit disjointed now. A few years may bring things together.