34% Mourvedre, 33% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah, 8% Tempranillo
One of the more accessible 2013s is the 2013 Paderewski Vineyard, which checks in as a blend of 34% Mourvedre, 33% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah and the rest Tempranillo. Its deep ruby, vibrant color is followed by sensational notes of caramelized black cherries, spice box, peppery herbs and chalky minerality. Rich, full-bodied, utterly seamless and gorgeous on the palate, it’s an incredible expression of this higher elevation, warm site that readers shouldn’t miss.
Powerful and loaded with personality, this features aromas of smoky dried berry and black licorice that open to dense, rich flavors of plum, cracked pepper beef and grilled herb. The tannins are ripe but muscular. Mourvedre, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Tempranillo. Best from 2018 through 2027.