Winery notes, While rare in supply, Octagon is no longer rare in annual production, because the proof of the vigor of its constituent parts -- Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot -- flowed naturally from the discovery of growing sites, clonal selections, trellising systems, and vine management techniques which reveal the persistent voice of our terroir in a wide range of seasonal conditions. Octagon became, thereby, the authentic extraction of its time as well as of its place, one of the most rewarding proofs of the vitality of the Bordeaux style in the New World. The privilege of crafting this wine can be sensed each time one of its vintages is tasted, over a long and rewarding shelf life. Fine garnet color with very forthcoming aromas of lush, fresh fruit, emphasizing ripened cherry, with well balanced secondary berry aromas and flavors, still very youthful. A vintage favoring elegance over density, as in Octagon IV (1999), the wine benefits from a period of decanting before serving and opens with great warmth, showing fine age worthiness.