Venge Vineyard's Scout's Honor Napa Valley (Calistoga) 2012 Red Wine, $20.24-$44.99, 91 points, was core black almost to the clear rim where a deep purple transitioning with heavy draping appeared.
Coffee, black cherry, and bell pepper on the nose were good.
The soft and smooth full-body with moderate tannin carried a rich array of flavors that followed the nose with the addition of plum and red licorice.
Finished well with spice and some heat from the 15.5% alcohol.
Varietals are 70% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 11% Charbono, and 5% Syrah.
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