A bit of a disappointment. A merlot and barbera blend. Attractive new car smell nose. Still tight after letting it breathe for more than an hour, with muted red fruit on an acidic background. Hopefully his wine will open later. Not worth the $70 at the moment.
After the wine maker change in 2006, I pretty much stopped following this winery. What a nice surprise to come back 7 years later. Still young young, super fresh potent cassis, black cherry opening, lingering on pinching pine tree background leading to a long yeasty cigar box finish with mouth drying and cleansing acidity. A big sweet alcohol punch (the label says 15%, but it could be more) kicks in later. I am curious to see how this still raw wine in a big bold new world style develops over time, and hopefully will settle down elegantly.