This is a new winery for me.  It is in the newly established Pine Mountain - Cloverdale Peak AVA which is on the Sonoma side of Pine Mountain.  The wines are grown at between 2,200 and 2,800 feet above sea level.  The winery is owned by Hien Nguyen who grew up in France and made by Thomas Rivers Brown.  The wine is inky purple in color.  The nose has cassis, black cherries, slight minty notes and a bit of baking spices.  On the palate, this is very concentrated.  Tannic.  Lots of depth.  Cassis with underlying baking spice and slight forest floor notes.  It is hard to say how this would evolve but I suspect it will take about five to seven years to reach peak and be good for another ten to fifteen after that.  It has a cooler climate "feel" to it although the label lists 14.9% ABV.  No idea on the pricing but the 2016 is for sale for $70 which would be a very nice price.  

Grade: 
A
Score: 
94
Vintage: 
2017

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