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Aromas of scented bramble fruit, mint, gravelly earth, and sweet oak. Flavors of black tea, sweet cherry fruit and complex minerality. Sensuous and layered with medium chalky tannins and lively acidity. Finishes long and savory.
Final blend: 78% Zinfandel, 16% Carignane, 4% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Mataro
95 Points, Connoisseurs' Guide (May 2013): "...combines red and black berries with touches of dried leaves and black pepper in its mid-volume aromas..."
94 points, Vinous.com (July 2013): "Dark red/black cherries, menthol, tar, licorice, smoke and tobacco emerge..."
91 points, International Wine Cellar (May/June 2013): " ...smooth, gently tannic finish, which lingers with very good tenacity..."
91 points, California Grapevine (Vol. 39, June 2013): ""...attractive, earthy, briary, cherry and raspberry fruit aroma with notes of dill and black pepper..."
90 points, The Tasting Panel (July 2013): "Bright, juicy and generous with racy blueberry and plum fruit..."
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.