This is Pilippe Melka's Northern California version of Cheval Blanc and he has pulled it off brilliantly. A real look-alike for that great estate in St. Emilion, this wine has beautiful mulberry, black cherry and black currant fruit mixed with licorice, forest floor and incense. Terrific in texture, opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity, yet a freshness and liveliness that is just remarkable. Sadly, there are only 349 cases of this wine that spent 20 months in French oak, of which 60% was new. This should continue to drink well for at least another decade or more.