2017 Proper Estate
Deep ruby-crimson colored, this ninth vintage emits enticing aromas of wild fruits – strawberries, blueberries, black currants – with scents of black roses, pipe tobacco, lavender, violets and spiced incense. The pure varietal flavors are infused with licorice, cocoa powder, French roast and cobblestone and loam minerals. The back reveals pressed berries, roasted hazelnuts, crème de cassis, blueberry preserves, suede leather, light oak (20% new French) and ground charcoal, followed by a long, long, juicy ripe tannin finish. Shows varietal purity throughout which gives it 19.5/20 points (Rand Sealey, Review of Washington Wines).