The first of those wines was one that I purchased several years ago on a trip to California, a 2001 Ferrari Carano Tresor, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. It is from a mixture of vineyards in the Alexander Valley in northern Sonoma County.
It was obvious from the first swirl in the glass that this was a special wine. The nose smelled of dark cherries and berries set over a base of dry, clean, just tilled earth. The flavor was mouth filling with dark fruits, spice, cedar, and a light suggestion of chocolate. The tannins were mature in that they were a big part of the wine but still soft and warming. There was a wonderful, lengthy finish that left a taste of elegance in the mouth. Classy wine, but sadly, my only bottle.
2001 Ferrari Carano Tresor. 14.5% alcohol and $45 at time of purchase.