This intensely dark and substantial varietal is truly one of Dry Creek Valley’s iconic grapes, and while it’s certainly a key component in the best “field blends”, it stands alone quite well. The Wolcott Vineyard, just four driveways south of the winery, renders beautiful fruit year after year. Our 2013 presents a pleasant brandied cherry and baking spice nose, dark fruit flavors, and just the right degree of tannic “grip”. The wine is a characteristic dark and enticing purple, and the jam-packed flavors will deepen over years of additional bottle-aging. In addition to the usual grilled meat pairings, contemplate this wine with roasted root vegetables or mushroom risotto.