Sean Minor Napa Valley 2009 Red Wine, $14.44-$19.99, 87 points, was the deepest of ruby red in color, welling almost opaque at the core.
The aroma was a rich clove with hints of cinnamon and boysenberry, but with a back draft of forest fire smokiness.
The texture was lush on a full body, dry with ample tannin.
With prominent plum and licorice dominating this red wine, I found it yet a little green with some tartness.
The finish has a fair duration of spice. This is still a young wine and I'm sure it will prove to be a more interesting wine in one or two years.
The 14.5% alcohol was unnoticeable upon opening, but as is so often the case, on the second day there it arose!
Varietals were 30% Merlot, 23% Petit Verdot, 17% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 10% Syrah, and 4% Malbec.
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