This lusty brigand "borrows" aromas of cassis and spice from its Cabernet-based Napa Valley blend. Pretty aromas of red currant and black cherry mingle with black fruits with a touch earthy, cured meat aromas that frame the wild berry flavors and toasty oak on the palate. The wine shows polish with a good balance between acidity and round and ripe flavors. Finishes with moderate, well-integrated tannins. Delicious and supple now, it will continue to improve for several more years to come.
Connoisseurs Guide to California Wine evaluated Il Brigante and said, " Although not 100% Cabernet in composition, this deep and well-defined wine is incisively focused on the curranty characteristics of the grape with elements of cola, fresh loam and creamy oak contributing to its richness and complexity. It is full and slightly supple in feel with nicely integrated tannins lending just the right degree of structural firmness, and, from beginning to end, it exhibits a sense of crafting and depth that makes it nothing short of a genuine bargain at the price." - 90 Points and Good Value.
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