The aroma of the wine nearly jumps out of the glass. Signature notes of tobacco, briar, and tar balance the predominant cassis in the nose. This wine is dense and well-built, but lively and energetic. Tannins are very firm, yet very fine, smooth, and supple. Flavors of black cherry meld with blueberry, sweet saddle leather, and pipe tobacco. The tannins build to a very persistent finish.
The vineyard may be in the middle of a residential neighborhood and a mile or so from the 405, but from the moment you clear the gate, you feel as if you are exploring the terroir of Tuscany in Italy or the Rhône Valley in France.
Moraga was founded in 1989 by Tom Jones, President and CEO of Northrop Corporation. The gravely and calcareous soils on the property are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Petit Verdot.