VarietiesTempranillo 58%, Mourvédre 29%, Malbec 13%
VineyardONX Estate Vineyard
AppellationTempleton Gap, Paso Robles, CA

Ripe, bright and meaty, the 2016 Praetorian soars out of the glass with both high tone candied fruits along with sultry and savory notes that create a complexity worthy of swirling and revisiting more than a few times. Perfumes of violets fall way to ripe red cherries and vanilla, but notes of rare sirloin, bacon fat, and cedar wood stretch the nose with richness. The palate is a chef’s dream as concentrated notes of fresh currants and plumbs in the entry are bolstered by layers of velvety tannin that crescendo their way into the mid-palate and finish. A balancing acidity coats the palate in perfect harmony with lasting flavors of blackberry pie. A complex, but unassuming blend that serves not to overpower but to float its way into your senses.