From the Del Rio and Abacela Vineyards, A to Z's 2004 Night & Day is mostly Merlot, Cabs Franc and Sauvignon, with smaller percentages of Syrah, Dolcetto, Petit Verdot, Nebbiolo and Tempranillo. Unlike many such mutt wines, this has a definite structure, a focused mix of black fruits annotated with pepper, slate, iron, cocoa and pencil shavings. It was 100% barrel-aged with a small percentage of new wood.
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