72% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignane, 4% Mataro
93 Points – Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com
93 Points – Anthony Dias Blue, Blue Lifestyle
92 Points – Wine Spectator
Winter began dry, with no rainfall through January and February. Fortunately, heavy rains arrived in March, but cold spring weather and a mild summer delayed the start of harvest until mid-September. Each lot fermented for nine days on the skins to achieve full extraction. Assemblage was done the following spring. This fruit-forward, elegant wine is appealing now and will drink well over the next five years.
Ruby-garnet red color. Pungent cherry and raspberry fruits, sweet oak, and complex minerals. Intense cherry fruit entry, ripe plum, lively acid, and exotic spices and barrel toast. Tannins are supple and coated by appealing fruit. Wonderfully long finish.