2018 Giornata Gemellaia Red Blend
Paso Robles, California
100% organic fruit- the Gemellaia bottling is a barrel selection from the finest lots in the winery. The blend is 55% Sangiovese and 45% Merlot. It is Super Tuscan inspired, and it melds Sangiovese’s acid and tannin structure with the soft, generous fruit of Merlot. The wine undergoes lengthy extended macerations before spending 22 months on French oak, 50% of which is new.
The 2018 is classically structured to last, but already quite expressive with a nose of amaretto, black cherry, licorice, charred bell pepper, earth and light caramel. The palate is a seamlessly layered collection of black cherry, espresso, and sweet tobacco, hibiscus and violet.
94 points, Antonio Galloni's Vinous. "Opaque, bright-rimmed ruby. Heady aromas of dark berry and cherry preserves, incense, candied flowers, vanilla and roasted coffee; a spicy nuance adds brightness. Smoky, focused and appealingly sweet, offering intense black/blue fruit, rose pastille and cola flavors that are braced by a spine of tangy acidity. Closes with excellent clarity and length, leaving suave floral pastille and spice-cake notes behind."