Sporting a brilliant medium-ruby color that approaches a translucent state, it would be easy to dismiss this as a wimpy glassful of red. Nothing could be further from the truth. Still young and developing, this wine begins with a demure nose that gives way to supple French oak shadings displaying clove spice, followed by dusty cherry fruit and a note of black raspberry. Oh-so-smooth on the palate, there is no sign of the 14.5% alcohol she is packing. Each sip goes down easier than the last. With a few hours of aeration, delicate rose petal scents surface. Will she mature and blossom in six to eight years? Only time will tell.
MSRP: $49 (April 2017)
Wine Lines rating: 90