McKinney 2015 Napoleon's Secret Red (Santa Ynez Valley)
The emperor's apparent secret was that he allowed Syrah to be in Bordeaux blends. This mix of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Syrah, 13% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot offers cedar and baked black-plum aromas on the nose. The palate boasts black currant and blueberry flavors, with a slight hoisin spice note. Matt Kettmann
Bottle Size750 ml
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