Aged 13 months in French and Hungarian oak, this Pinot Noir opens us with aromas of cranberry, mushroom, and heather. Its forest-floor nature comes through on the first sip with dried roses, jasmine tea, and white pepper following through through to the finish.
Anise and slate are divided by a luxe blackberry perfume. The flavors mirror the aromas of this dark and shadowy red, which is blanketed in a sensual, early mouthfeel. Notes of violets, boysenberry, and caramelized fig become juicier as the wine opens up, and elegance ensues.
Not yet bottled, the 2016 Surrealist Red Blend is a thrilling barrel sample that’s going to flirt with perfection on release. Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon (there’s a good chunk of Petit Verdot), it has a fresh, structured, concentrated style that carries incredible classic aromas of crème de cassis, graphite, tobacco leaf, and freshly sharpened cedar pencils. It’s powerful, layered, yet at the same time, elegant. It’s the real deal.