A blend of 39% Zinfandel, 34% Petite Sirah, 20% Carignane, 4% Valdiguie and 3% Barbera. Aged for 10.5 months in French 7 American Oak (30% new). Like a hippo on a tightrope, the 2015 Nero Misto (Italian for “Mixed Black”) is big, bodacious, and above all, balanced. Dark purple in color with aromas of briar patch, green peppercorns, violets, and earth, this homage to the Cal-Ital blends of early Napa is a serious red wine. On the palate, it offers a lively and focused mouthfeel with mixed berry flavors and an amazing balance of fruit, tannin, and acidity. Nero Misto is an extremely versatile wine, particularly good with Italian food, spicy southwest cuisine and steaks and chops off the grill. It is also spot on with a great hamburger or pizza.