Dennis Sanson has once again crafted a very interesting and delicious wine. The blend is 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 10% Pinot Noir and on the nose all three grapes show their influence. Licorice (merlot); green pepper (franc); and earth (pinot noir) along with some burnt wood (toasted oak barrels) and white pepper spiciness. The taste is even more interesting, and inviting, with the licorice and earth following through from the nose, but with some black fruit companions along for the ride. Blueberry and a sweet cherry core shows up about mid-palate and follows through to the end. Another stellar effort by this little known winery, but with wines like this they should be better known. Your assignment this year, if you chose to accept it, is to get to know the wines of Sanson Estate.