Length of aging:
Full-Bodied Red Wine
United States, California, Paso Robles
Starting with the 2016-barrel samples, the 2016 Optimus is the entry level cuvee of the estate and is always based on Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. I suspect it’s better than most estate top cuvee and looks to be huge success in 2016. Cassis, violets and peppery herbs all emerge from this surprisingly deep, rich, concentrated red that’s going to deliver the goods right out of the gate.
William Kelley - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Petit Verdot ... 2016 Optimus reveals a lavish bouquet of crunchy berries, anise and creamy new oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied, spicy and richly tannic, with generous, oak-influenced flavors and a crunchy core of fruit.