2016 Fraternity Red Wine Blend
The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from Calistoga, Oakville and Coombsville leads with aromas of red cherry, plum and licorice. The Syrah jumps in with bold, dark fruit flavors upfront while the tart cherry, vanilla spice and more red plum flavors of Merlot round out the palate. Fine grain oak tannins blend nicely with the fruit tannin to create a long, balanced finish. Beautiful aromas of ripe red plum, anise seed, cigar box and black licorice lead to flavors of ripe red cherry, clove, and vanilla. The structure is solid and full-bodied with less mid-palate grip than other vintages and instead fills the mouth with a well-balanced juiciness.