This wine features a steely backbone. Tightly wound, tense and urgent, it wants a confrontation.
The generous but odd nose shows the standard red plum, crushed rock, and loads of pepper but with a note of oatmeal in the background.
It’s quite juicy on the attack with rich red fruit, but taut acidity with a citrus note is a constant presence, as are the robust, grainy tannins that are edgy and coarse generating a lengthy, very dry, slightly sour finish.
There is plenty of flavor and personality but it has a serious chip on its shoulder and needs time in the bottle.It paired well with the “devil blues” of Adia Victoria’s “Pacolet Road.”
Notes: Partially de-stemmed, cold maceration 5-6 days before fermentation, aged in vats on the lees 8-10 months before bottling.