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Level 22 2016
Syrah 49%, Mourvedre 35%, Petite Sirah 16%
A blueprint in a bottle. Inspiration on demand.
Broodingly dark yet delicately layered, the 2016 Level 22 at first glance and smell bolsters notes of black olives, bacon fat, and molasses, only to be subdued by a strong presence of lavender and tobacco notes that bring an ethereal motif to the wine. Sweet background notes of brambly blackberry, brown sugar, and vanilla give the nose a lift from the denser aromas. A concentrated entry of ripe black cherry, dragon fruit, and pomegranate, along with a moderate acidity, persist well into the mid-palate before a velvety tannin makes it presence known. A suddenly savory palate of plush tannins make for a long finish that begs to be enjoyed again.