This is a power-packed blend of 72% Syrah, 15% Grenache, 8% Petite Sirah and 5% Mourvèdre, with smoky aromas of game, bacon fat, pressed blackberry, pepper and baking spices. The palate is oak-driven, with flavors of smoked meats in boysenberry sauce, but the tannins are so strong that this needs until at least 2018 for the components to shine properly. Matt Kettmann
Bottle Size750 ml
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