Jim Delfino took this crop of the robust Iberian variety off his Roseburg, Ore., estate at 22 brix, which explains the bright profile and low alcohol — two critical components to food-friendly reds. His use of French oak is undeniable because of the aromas of vanilla, coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate, but behind that are tones of black cherry, pomegranate and rosemary. It spills out across the palate with lively fruit flavors akin to raspberry, strawberry and Royal Anne cherry before the transition into bold tannins. The Delfinos suggest serving this with a rack of lamb and mint jelly at the ready.
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