It's very difficult to rate this unusual bottling in a blind tasting. It's a nonvintage dry red wine blended from mature years and has few if any peers in California. It's very tasty because of traits that are usually considered flaws. A tawny color and an aroma like tawny Port lead to a very soft texture, and warm plum, raisin and nut flavors. The wine is rather full in body, light on tannins, and tastes quite mature and mellow.
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Jim Gordon has been covering the wine industry as an editor and reporter for more than 30 years. In 2006 he became editor of Wines & Vines
, the media company for North American winemakers and grape growers. He directs the editorial content of Wines & Vines
in the monthly print magazine, digital and social media. Gordon is also a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast
magazine and past director of the annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. He was editor in chief for two books by publisher Dorling Kindersley of London: Opus Vino
, and 1000 Great Everyday Wines
. Gordon was managing editor of Wine Spectator
for 12 years, and editor in chief of Wine Country Living
magazine for four, during which time he helped create Wine Country Living TV for NBC station KNTV in San Jose. He lives in Napa, California. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.