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2016 Downstream Paso Robles Red Blend (1.5L)

SKU #1483384 98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark I loved the 2016 Downstream and even bumped it up a point from last year, which is always a good sign when a wine improves with bottle age. Thrilling notes of black raspberries, spice box, white pepper, and crushed flowers all emerge from the glass, and it’s full-bodied and concentrated, yet as seamless, silky, and polished as they come. The 2016 is 76% Zinfandel, 8% Syrah, 6% Mataró, 6% Petite Sirah, and the rest Tempranillo, brought up in a mix of vessels. Count yourself lucky if you have a bottle or two! Inner quote mark (10/2019)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Opaque, bright-rimmed ruby. Potent, highly expressive black and blue fruit, potpourri and exotic spice aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up candied licorice, cola and black tea qualities with air. Silky, seamless and alluringly sweet, offering palate-staining boysenberry, cassis, bitter chocolate and violet pastille flavors that deliver a huge payload of flavor but come off surprisingly lively as well. The floral and blue fruit qualities carry emphatically through a strikingly long, smooth finish framed by supple, steadily building tannins. I've no doubt that this wine will age effortlessly, if one has the patience, but it's also incredibly seductive right now. If resistance is futile, roll with it. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Downstream is a blend of 76% Zinfandel, 8% Syrah, 6% Mataro, 6% Petite Sirah and 4% Tempranillo, made with 15% whole cluster and aged 19 months (no new oak was used). Medium to deep ruby in color, it has bombastic, technicolor scents of stone fruit salad, dried leaves, cinnamon stick, cranberry jelly, raspberry, strawberry preserves and notions of white pepper, lilac, desiccated roses, dried earth and underbrush. The palate is medium to full-bodied with multicolored flavor layers, a gently grainy frame and juicy freshness, finishing long and perfumed. Yum! (EB) 94+ Inner quote mark (2/2020)

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