French winemaker Stephen Asseo brings the magic once again with this polished example of Paso Robles perfection. 49% Syrah with 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Petit Verdot build a rocking, explosive red with a brilliant bouquet of crème de cassis and violets. The full-bodied palate delivers endless depths of spicy, floral-laced freshness and a long, dense finish. It’ll be hard not to open in the moment it arrives, but patience is a virtue and this promises to reach even greater heights with a little time in the bottle.
The flagship 2017 Estate Cuvée (49% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 21% Petit Verdot) spent 15 months in 90% new French oak, and I certainly blew the barrel review on this wine. It offers a brilliant bouquet of crème de cassis, crushed violets, lead pencil, chocolate, and a rocking sense of minerality. Deep, full-bodied, concentrated, and seamless on the palate, it's about as polished and sexy as they come in the vintage.