Caprio Cellars, Walla Walla Valley (Washington) “Sanitella” Estate Red Wine 2020

($88):  An unnecessarily heavy bottle forecasts a hefty wine, which it is.  A Cabernet Sauvignon-heavy blend pumped up with Malbec and Merlot, it delivers riper black fruit notes wrapped with suave tannins.  Despite a richer and deeper profile compared to Caprio’s “Eleanor” bottling, it still has an engaging and balancing bitterness in the finish.  This is a bolder, more minerally — almost tarry — rendition without going over to the darker side.  Lovely now, if it’s the style you’re looking for.
93 Michael Apstein Aug 29, 2023