Vineyard48_04vignetta Vineyard 48’s 2004 Vignetta ($25) — a blend of 50% cabernet franc, 38% cabernet sauvignon and 20% merlot is the stand out among their 2004 reds. Much more approachable and elegant than either their 2004 reserve merlot or 2004 cabernet franc, it’s drinking very well despite its relative youth.

The nose is complex, mingling tart cherry, cranberry and leather aromas with cinnamon stick and earthy dried leaves.

Plummy fruit flavors greet the palate with soft, fine oak and tannins along with excellent earthy character.