Hard to believe but this was a new wine for me! Our friend brought over this bottle to try with a BBQ New York steak. What a nice treat for sure. Red Mare is owned by Jim Striegel and Anne Vawter. She is also the winemaker at Red Mare. Anne got her training at UC Davis in enology and viticulture philosophy. She worked for wineries in Washington, California and Chile and then settled down in Napa. In Napa, she was the assistant winemaker under Heidi Barrett at Paradigm. She is also the wine maker at Hoopes Vineyard where I was doing a story recently but more on that in a different review. Red Mare, an artisan wine comes from vineyards across the street from Opus One. It is 85.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Sirah, 4% Malbec and .4% Petit Sirah. She ages it in 35% new French oak barrels for 20 months. On the eyes it is a dark purple/red hue and medium body viscosity. On the nose and palate, blackberries, cocoa and vanilla are the prevalent aromas and tastes. A smooth and easy drinking wine with soft tannins and a lasting finish. A bargain pedigree wine.