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Professional Ratings: 94 Wine & Spirits
Varietal: Other Red Blends
Style: Smooth & Supple
Item no. 112430
Rich, dark fruit emerges, streaked with cedar.
50% Merlot, 30% Pinot Nero and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Ales Kristancic harvests the fruit for this wine late in the season, blending merlot (70 percent) with pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon prior to fermentation. He doesn't use commercial yeast and he doesn't sulfur the wine before bottling, allowing it to stabilize through six years in French oak barrels. The wine shows resinous hints of wood notes first, then flint, before it opens to a generous rosy scent of mountain air, fresh cherries and the cool feel of the sun on rain-washed gravel. Luscious and vibrant, this will age with grace.