Another Jackson Family Wines limited edition bottling, this one made by winemaker Brian Kosi, Bootleg is primarily a Napa blend of 36% Merlot, 28% Petite Sirah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah, and 4% Zinfandel — with a little Pope Valley fruit in there.
Closed off at first, this 2012 bottling features aromas of blackberry and sweet licorice candy. The palate offers some dusty notes, with significant tannins, and the fruit underneath struggles to make its voice heard. The finish is all ground herbs and quite drying on the palate, but touched with some coffee bean and cocoa nib notes — which makes for a dusty, restrained exit. Try it in 2018 or beyond.
B / $39 / jacksonfamilywines.com