According to the label, this is a blend of 50% Merlot, 30% cabernet Franc, and 20% Frankova Blaufränkisch.  It has a label which has some resemblance to a whimsical Bordeaux label (if those even exist).  I liked this better than the 2016 Life Flows from the same winery and a similar blend.  Whether that was due to vintage variation or the use of better barrels, I am not experienced with these wines enough to  know.  It has a deep ruby color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, slight tobacco, cherries, spice and slight rhubarb.  On the palate, this is medium bodied with light tannins.  This drinks easy on its own and will work with food as there is some acidity.  It is international in style and if tasted blind, it would be hard not to guess Loire or California.  Is that a good thing or bad?  beauty is in the eye of the beholder (or in this case drinker).  

Grade: 
B
Score: 
87
Vintage: 
2017
Current Price: 
$27.00USD

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