Its nice to know that there are some things in life we mortals can count on. One is the quality and style of Jeff Runquists wines. Consequently, aficionados of wimpy wines take heed: what you are about to taste is anything but wimpy. The 2009 R 1448 is big, bold, and beautiful. It is also opaque and nearly black in color as one would expect from a wine that contains 58% Petite Sirah as well as sizeable percentages of Barbera, Petit Verdot and Syrah not exactly light, self effacing varietals, either. Moreover, R 1448s aromas are of ripe black fruits, currant, cassis, and wood smoke, and its flavor profile is loaded with ripe blackberry and toasted wood flavors that add caramel and chocolate tones as counterpoints to 1448s plush fruit. Given the color, size and stature of this wine, one might expect the Runquist 1448 to carry a tannic bite and finish with gnawing astringency, but instead it offers a smooth, textured feel as it exits with true charm and grace. In short, R 1448 offers the perfect introduction to Jeff Runquists unique style of wine. Although a few minutes of aeration will likely add to your drinking pleasure, 1448 is ready to go from the moment it is poured. We suggest serving it at cool room temperature (60°-66° F).