From 1973 to 1982, Walter Schug made some of the most memorable Cabernet Sauvignons and Bordeaux-style blends in California history as the founding winemaker for Joseph Phelps Vineyards. His own Bordeaux blend exhibits the same finesse, intensity and ability to age that have made his earlier wines valuable collectors items. Cabernet Sauvignon from the valley floor and Carneros Merlot compliment the well structured fruit from Rancho Salina, a volcanic soil vineyard high above the Sonoma Valley in the southern end of the Mayacamas Mountains. It has dense color and structure, bright aromas of violets and blueberries, and ripe fruit flavors reminiscent of cherries, chocolate and cassis. Well-integrated tannins, oak and acidity give it a rich texture and a long, elegant finish. It drinks well on release paired with rich meats and cheeses, and will reward cellaring for 10 or more years.