Domaine Artefact, San Diego County (California) Estate “As the Crow Flies” Red Wine Blend 2015 ($45): From a vineyard in the Highland Valley area, no doubt soon to be its own AVA, comes this excellent Rhone blend from owner/winemaker Mark Robinson. Aromas of black and blue berries are joined by savory elements of tar, pepper, vanilla, fall spice and a touch of orange zest. The palate has a rich texture, lively translation of the nose elements and supple grip that extend the finish. Give this a little time to fully integrated the oak spice -- decant long near term, or age 3 to 5 years for openers. An achievement in San Diego County! 93 Rich Cook Nov 14, 2017
Gold- 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition,
Silver- 2017 Sunset International Wine Competition
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