At first, dark cherries fill the nose almost to the exclusion of all else before underlying scents of cassis, plum, rose hip tea and yes, cherry cola come to the surface. Pie spices, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg are subtly interwoven as is the hint of cocoa. Graceful on the palate, the wine is vibrant, succulent and mouth-watering built as it is on a structure more favoring acid than tannin. Its freshness fills the mouth before opening onto a long, clean finish. Best 2016-2020.
The fruit reveals the wine to the winemaker. Accordingly, the winemaker shepherds the wine rather than makes it. Notably, there is no word for "winemaker" in French, Italian or Spanish: one is a vigneron, viticoltore or vinicultor, the idea being that the wine is made in the vineyard.
In a given vintage, the optimal blend may comprise only half or so of the barrels I make. As with the preparation of a fine meal, it is a question of what precisely informs the whole. Too much of the finest ingredient may overwhelm the balance. Thus, REX HILL and A to Z are always blessed with some beautiful barrels.