2017 was a challenging vintage between the heat, the rain and the fires, yet, many wineries were able to dodge those and make excellent wines especially in Sonoma. This is one of the good ones. It is also a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 18% Syrah added which appears to make a bit more accessible but also give it some depth. Inky purple in color, thing ruby rim, opaque and bright. The nose has cassis, black raspberries, clay, spice and slight cedar notes. Full bodied. Firm tannins. On the palate, this is a high energy wine with a lot going on. Cassis, chocolate and slight underlying char. Long finish with a bit of warmth on it. Delicious. This is drinking well now and should have another eight to twelve years. Nice on its own, this would be a nice steakhouse wine (or prime rib).
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