2018 Rion Reserve Santa Cruz Mountains
Superb blend of 2 Bordeaux varietals – Merlot from dry farmed Zaynte Vineyards in Santa Cruz Mountains and silky Cabernet Sauvignon from Bates Ranch, showcasing the finest coastal vineyards fruit. Luxurious milky dark chocolate, soy sauce, teriyaki, black cherry, vanilla, black walnut, roasted and fresh hazelnut. The wine is dense, creamy, very extracted and soft with an amazingly long finish. Prevalent tannins from French oak still
firm and complex. This wine benefits from cellaring for over 10 years but worthy to enjoy now.
double Gold medal, 2021 American Fine Wine Competition
92 points, gold medal, 2021 East Meets West Wine Competition
Only 100 cases produced
Food pairing: any red meat such as short ribs and stew or preparation evolving long cooking and a very rich sauce.