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2018 Markus Wine Co. "nero" Red Blend
37% Zinfandel – River Song Vineyard, Planted 1987
24% Petite Sirah – Berghold Vineyards Block-71, Planted 2011
13% Petite Sirah – Borra Vineyards Gill Creek Ranch, Planted 2000
19% Syrah – Borra Vineyards Gill Creek Ranch, Planted 2001
7% Carignane – Spenker Ranch Block 4, Planted 1900
This is a big, dry red with Rhône-like attributes of earthiness, smokiness and meatiness to complement the concentrated berry flavors. It’s firm in texture, a bit chewy due to good tannins, and shows good breadth on the palate as well as impressive length on the finish. Give it a few months and you'll be rewarded.
For what’s on the bottles, Markus explains, “People, like wine, are shaped by unique places,” which is why each label brings together a location from Markus’s past with the current grape source.