Alpha Omega Two Squared Red Wine 2018, Napa Valley, California

II is the culmination of the two worlds, the Alpha and the Omega, the Old World and the New World. The two winemakers, Jean Hoefliger and Michel Rolland, worked to create a wine that is not only opulent, fruit-forward and generous, but also has the backbone of European acidity and elegance. A reflection of both worlds, II is a wine that is built to be approachable, both in taste and price, and consumed early. Alpha Omega combines the Old World’s European balanced style of winemaking with the New World’s state-of-the-art techniques and powerful fruit and tannins found in Napa Valley resulting in elegant, Bordeaux-style wine that will hold up for years to come. 2018 vintage – 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 27% Zinfandel, 6% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc. Fermentation: 100% stainless steel. Aging: 10 months in French oak; 20% new, 30% 1-year-old barrels, 50% 2-year-old barrels. On the nose – Dark red cherries, rhubarb, kirsch, chocolate, sandalwood, star anise. On the Palate: Soft, inviting entry, raspberry sorbet, red licorice, plum, dry herb, subtle balanced oak.