2017 Napa Valley
Deep, dark brick red to blood plum. A seamless blend of crème de cassis, hazelnut, cocoa, blackberry preserves, a charry meat toastiness, dark fruits, and blackberry pie along with suggestions of dark licorice, stewed rhubarb, strawberry, spice, and vanillin. Rich and satisfying with chocolate brownie, yogurt, molasses, brown sugar and rhubarb notes presented in perfect balance with higher-toned fruit emphasis. The wine’s weight is first felt on the front of the palate but then coats the entire mouth with placating tannin and light, pleasing grittiness. This weight, ideally counterpoised alongside the acid, leaves the mouth-watering. Great persistence on the finish.