Today, his Californian wine empire encompasses vineyards in three regions (Monterey, Paso Robles and Napa) growing grapes on 3,633 acres and pitches wine to masses of consumers at four different quality levels.
The Estates tier is their entry level wine, and although it states Cabernet Sauvignon (77%) on the label, it’s a blend with Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot, Syrah and 2% ‘other’ red varietals.
On the eyes, the wine is deep ruby but with light legs. The nose is bramble berry with tobacco leaf, leather, sandal wood and baking spice.
The palate is slightly off dry and shows medium acidity and light tannins with flavours of field berries, sweet rolled tobacco, cocoa, leather, and clove.
WSET Good, basic and predictable with a 5 year drinking window (until 2018).