2018 Valley of the Moon Reserve, The Bough, Sonoma County
The Bough is a classic Winemaker's Blend: every vintage is unique, as we craft a captivating blend that captures and balances the best of each harvest season. The 2018 vintage was aged 16 months in 31% new French and 69% neutral French and American oak. With a strong foundation of Petite Sirah, this year’s Bough includes components of Sangiovese, Zinfandel and Petit Verdot.
A deep, thoughtful wine with notes of walnut peel, dates, dark fruits and rum cake on the nose.
The palate is full of flavor: plum, black fig, blackberry preserves, rum cake, hoisin sauce, graphite and peppercorn layer over well-integrated oak and broad tannins.
Pairs well with rich fare: braised beef or grilled lamb with rosemary fingerling potatoes and warm kale salad, roasted mushrooms and polenta with thyme, or a towering burger with blue cheese and caramelized onions.
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