This wine comes from the quasi famous Garys' Vineyard of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Garys' Vineyard is co-owned by both Gary's (Gary Franscioni or Roar and Gary Pisoni of Pisoni Vineyards). The wine was aged for 11 months in 100% French oak - 75% new.
The first thing I notice after pouring this wine is the deep and dark ruby color. On the nose I get aromas of ripe black cherry, plum, spicy oak, wild flower, and a touch of anise seed. This wine is extremely aromatic and as I'm writing the room is being filled with it's fragrance.
On the palate this wine is very fleshy, full, and round, and expresses flavors reminiscent of wild berry, smoke, plum, and hints of leather and soil. This is a big chewy wine with plenty of youthful tannin and stunning opulence. I would suggest paring the wine with heartier grilled meat dishes or even Ossobuco. 91+ points
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