Cosentino began in the 1980s with a focus on making Bordeaux-style wines from grapes grown in the Lodi growing region of California.

Today the winery offers a series of wines showcasing the Lodi fruit, including this wine aptly named after the dark and inky color. This vintage featured a blend of petite sirah and petit verdot, but there’s nothing small about it.

Plenty of rich and prominent berry and red fruit flavors are accentuated by 18 months oak aging for a big and luscious treat. The smoothness belies the 14.5% alcohol.

Sherry: “Black cherry, blackcurrant and plum flavors with licorice on the finish.” (3.5 stars out of 5)

Chris: “A leather and earth bouquet with flavors of blackcurrant, licorice and mint.” (3.75 stars out of 5)

Available from $12.50 to $15.

Coming next week: Stag’s Leap Merlot

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