The 2018 MONTEPULCIANO from the Fox hill vineyard in Mendocino is a little bear of a wine. Unsuccessfully trying to hide a warm heart and complex personality behind a bit of muscular posturing, it will shed the rough edge right away given the proper food accompaniment (bold flavors, grilled meat, southern Italian anything…). Full, big, juicy, showing white pepper and blackberry at the forefront, it takes a masculine (musk, tobacco flower, leather) turn in the long finish. The grainy tannins should take a more polished sheen in the next few years. 73 cases produced.