Aromas of freshly picked black currants, ripe black cherries and blackberries, with subtle notes of violets, mocha and dried spices.
On the palate, it's a big, powerful, modern-styled wine layered with heaps of juicy blackberry and cherry fruit, while nuances of cedar, clove, nutmeg and vanilla bean round out the long smooth finish. It's full-bodied and rich, balanced by fresh acidity and firm, polished tannins.
The 2016 wine grape harvest was early, with a normal yield of exceptional quality fruit, and a relatively even growing season. The anticipated El Niño gave us about 22 inches of rain in the Adelaida district and 11 inches in the Creston district in Paso Robles, which was much needed after the four prior drought years.
The overall 2016 vintage delivered high quality fruit with outstanding color and fruit intensity.