Origin: United States
- Central Coast
Like the Rhône classic, it is produced from grapes which the label identifies as Mataro, an alias under which thick-skinned, late-ripening Mourvèdre sometimes goes. The nose of this dark red wine shows pepper, tobacco, anise and some beef jerky amid the riot of dark fruit. After a sniff, the heft is expected. With a sip, it is delivered. The wine has great acidity and firm tannic structure. The fruit does come on strong - big, dark shades of black plums and blackberries. There is a rather large licorice play, too, and some tarry meat figures in - especially on the finish. A singing telegram.
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