WARNING - Biased review.  2011 was a difficult vintage.  The fruit was bursting open on the sorting line.  It never got as ripe as we wanted.  We ended up putting in a bit of Petite Sirah from Lodi to get the final wine where we wanted it to be.  This was the only vintage with PS in it.  In the end, we really liked the wine and were proud of the final product.  It is an outlier in many respects from our other wines though.  This wine has drunk well from the start whereas most of our wines have needed time.  Now at age 7, I think it is mid-peak.  It won't get any better and should be at this level for 3 to 5 more year but won't make old bones.  Of course, time will tell.  The petite is really starting to show more and carry the wine more.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has black raspberries, and underlying char, and black pepper.  On the palate, slight tannins.  Good acidity.  nice Black raspberry and black cherry fruit.  Medium bodied.  Some depth and complexity.  Very food friendly for medium to full bodied foods but works great with Indian spices too.  Nice finish.  

Grade: 
A-
Score: 
91
Vintage: 
2011

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