This is made from the Blaufrankish grape. Really an excellent wine. This is deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose is great with sour cherries, plums, dust, baking spices, anise and a slight meaty note. Complex and big. Full bodied. On the palate, this is delicious. Lots of upfront plums turning to sour cherries. Underneath is a meaty/earthy quality with some black pepper. Like a mythical cross of Cote Rotie and Oregon Pinot Noir. This is complex and lively. It seems like it is near peak but then again it drinks youthfully. Without much experience with this grape
And now for something completely different. Ruby in color. The nose has black peppercorns, with some cherry/cranberry notes. On the palate, this is thin but still has structure and strength. Good acidity. The peppery red berry notes continue thru. Would work with a lot of different foods. In fact, it really does beg for food to tame the acid and flavors. A really interesting wine.