The wine is an opaque, dusty plum color in the glass. Varietal aromas of cassis, dark cherry, currant, and blackberry are accented by mocha, black licorice, a sprig of dill, green peppercorns, graphite, and menthol. It’s juicy in the mouth, brimming with dark, fleshy fruits that sweeten up and coat the palate. The tannins are integrated and velvety, making this a joy to drink in its youth. Are you dining at a fine steakhouse tonight? This red will outperform most labels costing twice as much.
MSRP: $45 (November 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 92