Vanilla-soaked-cherry aromas are remarkably subtle and pinpointed on the nose of this blend of 29% Carignan, 29% Petite Sirah, 21% Merlot, 14% Zinfandel and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, which also shows star anise and mace scents. There's a flash of acidity on the tip of the sip and then tannins envelop the palate, delivering black-currant and blackplum flavors. Matt Kettmann
Bottle Size750 ml
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