Opened for NZ rack of lamb. Sharp notes of orange, citrus, red licorice, iron ore, tart cranberry, dusty wood, green peppers with a deep dark oaken bass note. You can smell this from quite a distance, as the nose jumps out of the glass. The Judge Family Vineyard is a 9 acre vineyard in the Bennett Valley area in Santa Rosa.
Delicious red that is really singing! Nose a bit subdued, but very classy & well-balanced on palate w/ dark fruit, cedar, smooth tannins, good acid. Very long finish. A really enjoyable red that I would have guessed cost at least twice as much.
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