"The outstanding 2005 Xtant is composed of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Malbec, and 20% Merlot aged 36 months. This impressive, Bordeaux-like wine possesses the fruit purity normally associated with a California Cabernet. Its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by floral, raspberry, black cherry, and currant notes intermixed with notions of licorice, forest floor, and background wood. Round, seductive, and generous, it is ideal for drinking over the next 5-7 years."
"Aromas of smoke, herb, dried berry and anise are intense, full-bodied, firm and concentrated, just starting to unfold now and sure to get better. Showing plenty of toasty, dill-laced oak now. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec. Drink now through 2016." - James Laube