tasting notes

The 2009 Vintage

Jeb Dunnuck, The Rhone Report,

December 2011


"Seeming to improve with each vintage, this is the best lineup I've tasted from Kevin and each of these show individual characters with impeccably made profiles. This estate continues to move to more and more estate fruit with a focus on dry farmed, high density vineyards, and I think the results speak for themselves, with the '09 vintage showing considerably more depth and richness than past vintages."

The 2010 Vintage

Antonio Galloni

August 2012


“This is an intriguing set of wines from Kukkula and proprietor Kevin Jussila. Aside from a bit of Mourvèdre and Cabernet Sauvignon, all of the fruit is estate grown from vineyards that were planted just five years ago. Kukkula is another of the many young wineries in Paso Robles that are just starting to emerge and that seem to have a bright future"

The 2012 Vintage

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

August 2014


“This is a great lineup by winemaker Kevin Jussila. These wines have loads of character and always balance their richness and freshness nicely.”


The 2013 Vintage

Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate

August 2016


"These latest releases from winemaker Kevin Jussila are all noteworthy, with fresh, elegant profiles that will age gracefully. This is also the first vintage where all of the wines come from Kevin's estate vineyard, which is dry farmed. Most of these wines see a fair click of new oak, but it's always integrated, and never stands out. They're bottled unfined and unfiltered, so decant for sediment after a few years in bottle".

2013 noir - 92 pts

Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate

August 2016


Made from 86% Syrah and 14% Counoise that was harvested from the end of August to the middle of September, the 2013 Noir spent 18 months in roughly 60% new French oak (the Syrah was in 60% new, the Counoise in 50% new). It offers ample black fruits, smoked herbs, pepper and damp earth characteristics as well as medium to full-bodied richness, beautifully polished tannin and a great finish. It's a serious wine that stays in check and has an elegant, layered personality that will drink well for a decade.

2013 pas de deux - 92 pts

Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate

August 2016


The 2013 Pas de Deux is a 60/40 mix of Grenache and Syrah from estate vineyards in the Adelaida region of Paso Robles. It offers that classic Cali Grenache mix of kirsch, dried spices, sandy, loamy soil notes and licorice. Like all of these latest releases, the tannin quality is first rate, and this medium-bodied beauty shines for its elegance, purity and balance.

2013 in the red - 91 pts

Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate

August 2016


Another outstanding wine from Kevin Jussila is the 2013 In The Red, which is a 60/40 split of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon that's all from estate fruit. Aged 18 months in 60% new French oak, this medium-bodied, juicy and elegant red offers lots of sweet cherry, raspberry, toasted spice and maybe a hint of red plum to go with fine tannin, solid balance and a great finish. It should evolve nicely through 2023, but there's no need to hold off either.

2013 Lothario - 91 pts

Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate

August 2016


The 2013 Lothario Proprietary Red (40% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 30% Zinfandel) is a good value and offers medium-bodied, charming notes of wild strawberries, spice box, passion fruits and pepper in a seamless, medium-bodied, silky and textured package. I love the texture and elegance of Kevin's wines, and this one is no exception.

2013 sisu - 90 pts

Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate

August 2016


Lastly, the 2013 Sisu is a Syrah-dominated blend that includes 25% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre. Brought up in a mix of new and used barrels and puncheons, it has a fresh, lively, medium-bodied and juicy style to go with darker fruit overtones, sappy herbs and lots of peppered meat-like aromas and flavors. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years.

2013 Aatto - 90 pts

Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate

August 2016


Made from an interesting mix of 40% Counoise, 36% Mourvedre and the rest Grenache, the lightly colored 2013 Aatto offers perfumed, elegant notes of plums, raspberries, spice and dried flowers in its medium-bodied, silky, pretty profile that's just a joy to drink. It won't make old bones, but it's an outstanding, impeccably put together red to enjoy over the coming 3-4 years.

2013 noir - 92 pts

Doug Wilder - Purely Domestic Wine Report

August 2016


The nose is tar, blueberry, and violet with underlying graphite. The palate entry is firm and awash with florals, licorice, and bright blue fruit. It shows a precise focus that is beautifully fresh. Drink 2016-2022

2013 noir - 92 pts - Cellar Selection

Matt Kettmann - Wine Enthusiast

June 2016


Waves of rich bacon fat, maple, caramelized black cherries, campfire smoke and an elegant touch of lavender show on the nose of this bottling, which includes 14% Counoise. Similar smoke shows on the palate, but it's more tart and acidic than expected, with underripe blackberry and black plum skin flavors. The tannins are fine-grained but firm. Drink 2018 through 2023.

2012 sisu - 93 pts

Matt Kettmann - Wine Enthusiast

June 2016


This blend of 52% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 23% Mourvèdre is quite sultry on the nose, with crushed boysenberry, dried violets, wet clay and the slightest touch of soy. Pepper and moist earth arise on the palate, alongside blackberry and blueberry fruit, a touch of cocoa and concentrated lavender and other purple-flower flavors.

2012 pas de deux - 93 pts

Doug Wilder - Purely Domestic Wine Report

August 2016


Shows a beautiful raspberry nose with notes of garden blossoms and spice box. The palate is well focused, crisp, and fresh with beautiful florals and red berry coulis. Love it! Drink 2016-2022.

2012 pas de deux - 91 pts

Matt Kettmann - Wine Enthusiast

June 2016


The Westside Paso winery's name is Finnish for “the hill,” and that aspect delivers baked plums and strawberries, a touch of maple, dried roses and brown sugar on the nose of this 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah blend. It's full bodied, with crushed asphalt at the tip of the sip, then settles into elderberry and cedar notes.

2012 sisu - 93 pts

Wine and Spirits

May 2016



Look at this wine's labeled alcohol level (15.5%) and you might be suspicious, but taste the wine before you pass judgment. Grown organically without irrigation at kukkula's hillside estate a mile north of Tablas Creek, this is a vivid and complex GSM blend. The woodsy, soy-edged black plum flavor is reminiscent of some Barossa reds, yet the tension between its succulent texture and bright, limestone-grown acidity is unique to western Paso Robles. Decant it for a lamb stew. (341 cases)

2012 Lothario - 90 pts

Josh Raynolds - Vinous

September 2015


Brilliant red. Vibrant aromas of fresh raspberry and cherry, with suave floral and Asian spice nuances coming out as the wine opens up. Brisk and focused in the mouth, offering juicy red fruit and floral pastille flavors and a bitter touch of orange pith. In an energetic low-fat style, finishing with supple tannins and strong bite.

2012 pas de deux - 90 pts

Josh Raynolds - Vinous

September 2015


Deep red. Ripe red berries and musky flowers on the fragrant nose, with a hint of smokiness in the background. Smooth and fleshy on entry, then tighter in the middle, offering juicy, vaguely medicinal raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Closes with building spiciness, a touch of cherry pit and very good persistence.

2012 sisu - 91 pts

Josh Raynolds - Vinous

September 2015


Dark ruby. Sexy, smoke-tinged dark berry and cherry-cola aromas are lifted by a peppery note, with a suggestion of floral pastilles emerging with air. Spicy, penetrating and gently sweet, offering vibrant black raspberry and boysenberry flavors that flesh out on the back half. This suave, seamless wine finishes with fine-grained tannins and good grip.

2012 Aatto - 90 pts

Josh Raynolds - Vinous

September 2015


Vivid red. Fresh raspberry and floral oil scents are lifted by a note of white pepper. Silky and sweet, offering juicy red fruit and spicecake flavors that flesh out with air. With no obvious tannins and lingering floral character, this blend is smooth and extremely easy to drink.

2012 in the red - 90 puts

Josh Raynolds - Vinous

September 2015


Vivid ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of fresh red and dark berries, with a sexy floral pastille nuance emerging as the wine opens with air. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering intense black raspberry and violet pastille flavors and a hint of spicecake. Made in an elegant style, showing a seamless texture and fine-grained tannins that build slowly on the very long, spice-tinged finish.

2012 noir - 91 pts

Josh Raynolds - Vinous

September 2015


Bright purple. A heady, expansive bouquet displays scents of ripe blackcurrant, potpourri, woodsmoke and fruitcake. Allspice and cola qualities come up with aeration and carry onto the palate, where sweet dark fruit liqueur and licorice pastille flavors show some serious weight. Surprisingly energetic given its brawn, this Syrah-based blend finishes sweet and very long, with supple tannins sneaking in to contribute structure.

2012 i.p.o. - 90 pts

Josh Raynolds, Vinous

September 2015


Dark ruby. Smoke-accented aromas of cherry, cassis, pipe tobacco and violet, with a peppery nuance adding vibrancy. Juicy and focused on entry, then broader and fleshier in the middle, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors with suggestions of licorice and fruitcake. Spreads out nicely on the finish, which features round tannins and repeating smoke and floral notes.

2012 pas de deux - 90 pts

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

August 2014


The outstanding 2012 pas de deux (60/40 Grenache/ Syrah) is medium-bodied and juicy, with nicely integrated acidity giving lift to notions of peppery herbs, underbrush, spice and sweet cassis and black raspberry fruit. It’s elegant, lively, and nicely balanced, and will drink nicely through 2019.

​2012 in the red - 90pts

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

August 2014


Darker and more concentrated (than the AATTO), the 2012 In The Red checks in as a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 16 months in 60% new French oak barrels. It's a classy, balanced and medium-bodied effort that gives up loads of blackberry, blackcurrants, licorice, toasted spice and dried earth on the nose. It's not a blockbuster, and shows the vintages supple nature, yet it evolves nicely given its balance and harmony.

2012 Noir - 92pts

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

August 2014


My favorite in the lineup, the 2012 Noir is a smoking blend of 89% Syrah and 11% Counoise that was 16 months in 50% new and 50% 1-year-old French oak barrels. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and polished on the palate, with a supple, rounded texture and polished tannin, it gives up beautiful notes of chocolaty dark fruits, black olive, pepper and hints of licorice on the nose. As with all of Kevin's wines, this has solid richness and texture, yet it stays balanced, lively and very drinkable. It should continue to impress for another 4-5 years.

2012 sisu - 91pts

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

August 2014


Made from 52% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 23% Mourvedre, the 2012 Sisu is a classic Paso GSM blend that has a ripe, layered and delicious style. Black cherries, raspberry, licorice, toasted spice and hints of meatiness all show here, and it flows onto the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a core of sweet fruit and terrific finish. It's another winner that will drink nicely through 2020.

2012 Lothario - 90 pts

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

August 2014


The 2012 Lothario is an interesting blend of nearly equal parts Grenache, Mourvedre and Zinfandel, all of which was aged 16 months in French oak puncheons. It has vibrant, juicy style to go with bright purple fruits, violets, potpourri and licorice aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, rich and textured, it shows the purity of fruit in the vintage, and stays fresh and focused through the finish. Enjoy it over the coming 4-5 years.

2011 noir - 91 pts

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

August 2013


The most black fruit-driven on the lineup, the 2011 Noir (86% Syrah and 14% Counoise) delivers plenty of smoked blackberries, crushed flowers, cracked pepper, exotic spice and hints of eucalyptus as well as a medium to full-bodied, elegant mouth feel, juicy acidity and solid tannic grip on the finish. As with this estates other 2011s, it will evolve gracefully through 2021. Drink now-2021.

2011 noir - 91 pts

Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

December 2013


(made from 86% syrah and 14% counoise): Opaque ruby. Powerful aromas of dark berry compote, violet, smoky herbs and licorice, with slow-building scents of mocha and vanilla. Lush and appealingly sweet on entry, then firmer in the mid-palate, offering chewy black and blue fruit flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. The smoky note comes back on the long, sweet, penetrating finish, which shows just a hint of tannins.

2011 pas de deux - 91 pts

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

August 2013


Outstanding, with beautiful complexity and a rich, layered profile, the 2011 pas de deux is a blend of Syrah and Grenache that spent 16 months in French oak. Exhibiting quality aromas and flavors of black and blue fruits, dried spices, leather and licorice, it hits the palate with a full-bodied, silky profile, good overall freshness and sweet tannin. It will evolve gacefully and have upwards of a decade of prime drinking.

2011 pas de deux - 91pts

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

July 2013


“Kukkula's 2011 pas de deux is beautifully focused and delineated in this vintage. Sage, rosemary, worn-in leather and dried red cherries all take shape in the glass. All the best elements of the Kukkula style come together in this gracious, deeply expressive Syrah/Grenache blend. Hints of spice and crushed flowers linger on the close.”

2011 lagniappe - 90pts

Josh Raynolds, Tanzer

December 2013


“(48% zinfandel, 17% grenache, 14% mourvedre, 11% syrah and 10% counoise; 15.8% alcohol): Bright purple. Expressive aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate and peppery spices. Sweet, lush and spicy on the palate, with gentle acidity lifting dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with supple, building tannins and very good, spicy length. Despite this powerful wine's high alcohol number I don't detect any undue heat or thickness of texture.”

​2011 sisu - 90 pts

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

August 2013


A beautifully done blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre, the 2011 sisu offers up a complex, elegant bouquet of spiced red fruits, roasted meats, underbrush and dried flowers to go with a medium to full-bodied, rich and deftly textured palate. Nothing is out of place, it has both richness and freshness, and is a joy to drink.

2011 sisu - 90pts

Josh Raynolds, Tanzer

December 2013


“(54% syrah, 23% grenache and 23% mourvedre): Opaque ruby. Fresh cherry and blackberry aromas are complicated by notes of cola, vanilla and smoky Indian spices. Smooth and broad on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry compote flavors and an invigorating accent of peppery spices. Closes smoky and long, with a hint of mocha and youthful tannic grip.”

2011 pas de deux - 90pts

Josh Raynolds, Tanzer

Decemeber 2013


“(a 50/50 blend of grenache and syrah; 15.4% alcohol): Ruby-red. Expressive aromas of musky cherry pit, cassis and licorice. Plush, pliant and sweet, offering smoky blueberry, mineral and mocha flavors complicated by candied rose and licorice. Finishes long and spicy, with silky tannins and a hint of vanilla.”

2011 Lothario - 90pts

Josh Raynolds, Tanzer

December 2013


“(roughly a third each zinfandel, grenache and mourvedre; 15.5% alcohol): Glass-staining ruby. Aromas of fresh dark berries, lavender, mocha and licorice, with a hint of white pepper lending vibrancy. Sappy, penetrating cassis and bitter cherry flavors pick up a smoky nuance with air and show good depth. The lavender note comes back on a youthfully tannic finish that lingers with gently sweet intensity.”

2011 in the red - 91 pts

Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

August 2013


An interesting blend of 55% Syrah and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2011 in the red has a Bordeaux-like profile with plenty of black and red currants, toast, lead pencil shavings and hints of wild herbs on the nose. Medium-bodied, supple and textured, with integrated acidity and sweet tannin, it will evolve gracefully through 2021, if not longer. Not a powerhouse, it shines for its complexity and balance.

​2011 in the red - 91pts

Josh Raynolds, Tanzer

December 2013


“(55% syrah and 45% cabernet sauvignon): Bright purple. Pungent cassis and blackberry on the nose, along with notes of licorice and lavender. Ripe but precise and well-balanced, offering intense flavors of black and blue fruits, violet pastille, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. The long, fresh, floral-dominated finish shows very good depth and smooth, even tannins. This wine's 13.8% alcohol is low by Kukkula's standard, which adds to the energy I find here.”

2011 in the red - 90pts

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

July 2013


“The 2011 in the red, a Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon blend, literally bursts from the glass with layers of dark fruit, mocha, spices and licorice. A big, full-bodied wine, the 2010 shows off striking balance and plenty of personality in a voluptuous, caressing style full of appeal.”

​2011 Aatto - 91pts

Josh Raynolds, Tanzer

December 2013


“(48% mourvedre, 39% counoise and 13% grenache): Bright ruby-red. Vibrant red fruit and floral aromas show very good clarity and pinot-like vivacity. Lively but concentrated, offering sweet raspberry and spicecake flavors and a touch of licorice. Finishes tangy and long, with excellent focus and spicy persistence. I like this wine's balance and light touch, especially considering the fact that it carries 15.3% alcohol.”

2011 i.p.o. - 90pts

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

December 2013


“The 2011 i.p.o. is sweet, floral and expressive at the outset, before waves of expressive black and purple fruit hit the palate. Kukkula does an excellent job capturing the richness of Paso Robles while achieving notable balance. This is a strong showing. I.P.O is a Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah/Zinfandel blend.”

2010 noir - 90 pts

Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

August 2012


The appropriately named 2010 noir boasts considerable depth and power while retaining an essentially medium-bodied personality. Dark plums, cherries, mint, and new leather flesh out on the powerful, inisistent finish. Noir is predominantly Syrah, with 11% Counoise. Although not as refined as some of the other wines here, there is plenty of personality and sheer character in the glass.

2010 Aatto - 90pts

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate

August 2012


“The estate's 2010 Aatto emerges from the glass with dark red cherries, flowers, mint and spices, all of which come together nicely on a medium-bodied frame. The 2010 has more than enough freshness and vibrancy to drink well for at least the next few years. It is a terrific and distinctive wine from Kukkula. The blend is 47% Mourvèdre, 40% Counoise and 13% Grenache.”

2010 in the red - 90pts

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate

August 2012


“The 2010 in the red (Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon) is another wine that impresses for its overall harmony and balance. Cabernet Sauvignon tannins provide the structural backbone for expressive dark Syrah-infused fruit as this full-bodied, intense red opens up in the glass. The style is quite forward and fruit-driven, but it works nicely. Layers of fruit build effortlessly to the fleshy, generous finish. This is another wine with a very bright future. It will be interesting to see what happens as the Cabernet Sauvignon goes from being purchased to estate grown fruit over the next few years.”

2010 i.p.o. - 90pts

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate

August 2012


“The 2010 i.p.o. is one of the more overt, ripe wines in this lineup. Blackberries, melted road tar and grilled herbs are among the notes that are found in this powerful, virile blend of 71% Cabernet, 18% Syrah and 11% Zinfandel. Floral notes add lift on the finish.”

​ 2010 lagniappe - 90pts

Josh Raynolds, Tanzer

December 2012


“(54% zinfandel, 21% syrah, 9% grenache, 9% mourvedre and 7% counoise): Opaque ruby. Lively dark berry and floral aromas are complemented by allspice and clove. Juicy and penetrating, offering gently sweet blackberry and cherry flavors that pick up a smoky nuance with air. Finishes on a tangy note, with very good length and gently gripping tannins. No way I'd have guessed that this energetic wine clocked in at 15.6% alcohol.”

​ 2010 Lothario - 91pts

Josh Raynolds, Tanzer

December 2012


“34% grenache, 33% mourvedre and 33% zinfandel; 15.2% alcohol): Bright purple. Ripe raspberry and blueberry on the nose and in the mouth. Juicy, spice-accented berry compote flavors show an appealingly silky quality and pick up a floral nuance with air. Closes on a gently sweet note, with lingering blue fruit and spice qualities. No shortage of fruit here.”

2010 in the red - 90pts

Josh Raynolds, Tanzer

December 2012


“(60% syrah and 40% cabernet sauvignon): Deep ruby. Redcurrant and cherry on the nose. Lively red and dark berry flavors are braced by tangy acidity and gain sweetness and depth with air, picking up a sexy candied violet nuance. Finishes taut and spicy, with very good persistence. The depth and tension of this wine's fruit suggest that it will reward some patience.”

2010 Aatto - 91pts

Josh Raynolds, Tanzer

December 2012


“(41% mourvedre, 40% counoise and 19% grenache; 15.1% alcohol): Glass-staining ruby. Pungent cherry, blackcurrant and botanical herbs on the nose. Lush, expansive dark berry and bitter cherry flavors show a liqueur-like intensity but don't come off heavy. Supple tannins gain power on the impressively long, sweet finish, which leaves cherry and licorice notes behind.”

2010 pas de deux - 91 pts

Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

August 2012


The 2010 pas de deux, a 50/50 Grenache/Syrah blend, melds together beautifully on the palate with an expressive marriage of aromas, flavors, and structure. This mid-weight, vibrant red impresses for its length and overall sense of balance.

2010 pas de deux - 91pts

Josh Raynolds, Tanzer

December 2012


“(a 50/50 blend of grenache and syrah; 15.4% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. Pungent, spice-accented aromas of cherry-cola, raspberry and vanilla. Offers deeply pitched red berry and spice flavors, a suggestion of sweet chewing tobacco and a sexy jolt of vanillin oak. Closes sweet and very long, with strong spice and floral qualities and silky tannins.”

2010 sisu - 91 pts

Josh Raynolds - Tanzer

December 2012


59% syrah, 21% grenache and 20% mourvedre; 15.6% alcohol): Dark ruby. Deeply pitched aromas of cherry-cola, incense, mocha and licorice. Brighter on the palate, showing very good clarity to its sweet red fruit and spice flavors. An exotic note of candied violet comes up with air and carries through an impressively long, gently tannic finish.-- Josh Raynolds

2009 i.p.o. - 92pts

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

November 2011


“This is so bright and focused with dark fruits and hints of almonds and chocolate. Hints of fresh herbs. Full and very fine with a pretty polished texture. Made from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Zinfandel and 9% Syrah. Best after 2012. “

2009 sisu - 91pts

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

November 2011


“A wine made with 51% Syrah, 27% Grenache and 22% Mourvedre and it shows loads of spicy, chocolate and earthy fruit character. Big, rich and powerful. Full throttle. Heat on the finish is slightly too much but it's still outstanding. Better in 2013.”

2009 sisu - 91pts

Jeb Dunnuck, The Rhone Report

December 2011


“A big wine and the largest in the lineup, the 2009 Kukkula Sisu is a blend of 51% Syrah, 27% Grenache, and 22% Mourvedre that’s aged for 16 months in half new French oak barrels and half 2-4 year old barrels. Exhibiting knockout aromatics of black cherry, smoked meat, freshly snipped flowers, and wet stone/river rock like minerality, this full-bodied, blockbuster styled red delivers loads of fruit on the palate, yet stays beautifully fresh, focused, and poised. It benefits from a short decant, and should continue to shine for 7-8 years, possibly longer.”

2009 Lothario - 90pts

Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

November 2011


“(35% mourvedre, 34% zinfandel and 31% grenache): Inky ruby. Very ripe, perfumed aromas of blackberry and violet. Dense, sappy and concentrated, with very good energy to its thick, sweet dark berry flavors. Finishes with dusty but sweet tannins and very good spicy persistence. This deserves some patience.”

2009 Lothario - 90pts

Jeb Dunnuck, The Rhone Report

December 2011


“ Sporting a ruby red, transparent color, the 2009 Kukkula Lothario (31% Grenache, 35% Mourvedre, 34% Zinfandel) displays a burgundian bouquet with sweet cherry, Asian spice, underbrush, and dried flowers, that while not incredibly intense, has a subtle intrigue and complexity that keeps you coming back to the glass. This medium to full-bodied, pure, balanced, and fresh red has a seamless texture, moderate acidity, and a long, quality finish. It should be enjoyed over the coming 5-8 years.”