A reverse Bordeaux-style blend as it leads with Petit Verdot (45%) and Malbec, then Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Very dark, concentrated and powerful, I call it a “brooder” because of all its roasted pie and Indian spices, black berry/cherry flavors, smoke and dark cocoa smells and flavors. You might expect a punch of hard tannins at the end, but not the case! Fine tannins give the wine a firm structure but they let the fruit, earth and spice shine through and make the mouth happy. Really well made and nicely unique in the world of California red blends.
Rapp Ranch is owned/made by Napa’s Shadybrook Estate. The wines are made by the talented and personable Rudy Zuidema (Rapp Ranch and Shadybrook both). Not only are the wines very good, this is also an awesome winery to visit. Gorgeous setting, delicious wines, friendly staff…and horse rides available too!