Evenfall is a blend of 65% Tempranillo, 25% Petite Sirah, and 10% Merlot. In the foothills of the northeast corner of Antelope Valley lies Neenach Ranch Vineyard. At 3,000 ft. elevation on a mild, almost imperceptible slope, this is an ideal site for Tempranillo. The Petite Sirah comes from the Manini Vineyard in Paso Robles, which produces a rich and layered dark berry that adds mid palate and structure to the wine. Smith Family Vineyards, also in Los Angeles County, is the source of the Merlot that brings in softness and floral characteristics. After aging on the lees for 6 months, the wine was racked and settled back into French and American oak barrels (85% new) where it stayed for a total of 30 months. Black raspberries, candied walnuts, and black currants dominate the nose of this inky, deeply concentrated wine, while subtle hints of cocoa powder, mocha, leather and hazelnut weave their way through. Black Luxardo cherries and berry cobbler expand on the supple and weighted palate, which is loaded with ripe fruit. Massive ripe tannins and penetrating acidity carry through the long finish, accented by a touch of earth and tobacco leaf.
93 points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine