A blend of 48% Tannat, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 3% Malbec, this wine was aged for 18 months in 25% new and 75% neutral French oak barrels. Even though it's made in California, it definitely has a subtle Bordeaux/South West French, earthy vibe with aromas of black plum, black pepper, cassis, cedar and leather. Juicy plum and raspberry flavors abound on the supple, full-bodied palate. Our owner and Master Sommelier, Peter Granoff perfectly described it as the Tannat being nicely integrated into the core of the wine while at the same time being framed by the somewhat 'friendlier' Bordeaux varietals. It finishes on a somewhat spicy note with predictably yet not overly grippy tannins and good balancing acidity that doesn't let it come off as astringent or bitter. This wine is built for food like a big juicy steak or braised ribs and can easily age for at least another five years.
This was a wildly popular wine in our wine club from a few years ago that sold out at the store, we were delighted to have procured more for all its fans!