So tonight between packing for my upcoming move I am enjoying a nice Sullivan Vineyards Rutherford Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the outstanding 2007 vintage. Speaking of my upcoming move, I closed on my new home yesterday, I guess I was feeling a little underleveraged, so financing this should make me feel a lot better!
But back to the wine, I figured with so much to celebrate I should open a good bottle of wine right? And this one certainly fits the bill. It definitely needed to breathe a bit, so I poured mine through an aerator and let it rest for a while. It has a lovely deep purple color in the glass, with edges of garnet. The nose of very full of jammy black fruit, plum, black cherry and raspberry, overlaid with hints of leather, Asian spice and mint. The taste is lovely, with some modest ripe fruit up front that isn't even close to being jammy as the nose would suggest. The fruit gives way so a wonderful minerality of dusty limestone and sage midpalate. The firm yet structured tannins support a beautiful, dry and velvety finish that has real staying power.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's a wonderful big bold cabernet with complex flavors at a fairly good value. I bought this one from Wines Till Sold Out for only $30. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a nice Angus T-bone grilled rare with some steamed green, yellow and purple beans and some sun dried tomato risotto. The rustic flavors of the wine really complement the risotto, while the big bold cabernet aspects are perfect for a hearty steak, delicious!