Deep, dark and smoky aromas of baked berry, licorice and menthol make for very barbecued aromas on the nose of this Zinfandel-led blend, which includes 17% Petite Sirah and 8% Malbec. The mouthfeel is impressively thick and the wine is quite dry on the sip, framed by firm tannins that carry dark blackberry, smoked meat and tobacco flavors. Matt Kettmann
Bottle Size750 ml
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