The Genoa XVII is not so much a “non-vintage’’ wine; it’s rather a multi-vintage gem. It’s a delectable consequence of directed tasting sessions of reserved batches. Aroma, flavor, depth, body, are all taken into consideration when constructing, layering, and considering the end result. The profile starts with a potent core of blackberries, blueberries, and boysenberries. Velvety tannins and reserved acidity frame a velvety mouthfeel. Grilled herbs, cracked pepper, and tobacco notes begin to waft when swirled. After a long sip, when the components come together, a remarkable wholeness becomes evident. Elegance and purity from the vineyard come through on the persistent finish, the art and craft of blending having been demonstrated.