Iberian grapes excel in Southern California, as this Tempranillo-led blend (with 25% Petite Sirah and 2% Merlot) reveals. Deep blueberry paste, smoke, leather and cocoa aromas lead into a palate loaded with flavors of coffee-crusted smoked meats, rich black fruits and lingering tannins on the vanilla finnish. Matt Kettmann
Bottle Size750 ml
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