Santa Barbara County, California
Thompson Vineyard
Fully black core with razor thin crimson red rims, foreboding glow to it. Smoky, stony nose, not all that much oak left, shoe leather, vague floral lift, edgy in a hard to describe way, thicker currant, plum scents than berries, overall more clenched than open. Medium-bodied, works hard to have the acidity frame the mouth entry. The tannin seems a little underripe, astringent at the end. Still, offers the requisite citrus zest and gathers enough floral perfume to make a go of it. Sour cherry, red currant to blackberry fruit. The oak sour as well and dominates past the mid-palate, as mentioned woody finish. Perhaps crafted to be something it was not, in any event a good few years past its apex.
87 points

Note: Even with the disparity in vintages and producer style, thought this would be fun to pop after the Tensley. Sara and I both agreed, no contest in favor of Joey. Just permeated with a sense of a goal and then working backwards to make the grapes bend to suit that goal.