Ashes & Diamonds 2017 Bates Ranch Mountain Cuvée No. 2 Red (Santa Cruz Mountains)

Intriguingly savory on the nose, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from a vineyard planted in 1972 at 2,100 feet in elevation shows aromas of soy, redwood, dark cocoa and dried blood on the nose. Dried red fruits and a hint of black plum arrive on the palate, but it's the savory tones of charred meat, blood sausage and charcuterie that compel most. Matt Kettmann

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