This is an excellent wine.  A blend of 50% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 30% Merlot with grapes from Atlas Peak and Howell Mountain in Napa Valley.  Consumed over two days, this was better on Day 2.  Purple in color.  On day one, the nose shows black cherries, slight cedar and a clove/bitters quality to it that is very interesting.  On the palate, this is not a big, bold wine.  Rather, there are plenty of concentrated fruits, mostly cherries and black cherries with a slight bitterness (again in a good way) to it.  On Day 2 (re-corked and left on the counter), this wine really opened up.  The nose has black cherries, cherries, plums, and herbal cough drop note lingers as well which is nice.  On the palate, still concentrated but more open with black cherries and plums leading the way.  The Cedar has faded to the background.  Medium tannins.  And a really interesting herbal cough drop quality carries thru.  At first its distracting but each sip becomes better, almost addictive.  Good acidity.  This will work with a wide variety of medium and heavy foods and should make some interesting pairings for an adventuresome chef.  It probably needs a few hours to breather or a few years cellaring and should be good for at least a decade more.  The best part of this wine though, is that it's not the same/same from Napa.  Not inexpensive, this retails for around $76 but it is worth it.  There should be upside of a point or maybe two with proper cellaring.  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
93
Vintage: 
2015

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