It's Friday night, I left the office at a reasonable time, went to the gym and now I'm ready to relax! So what better way to relax than opening a bottle of wine and sipping it on the deck as the sun dips below the horizon? For tonight, I've decided to pair my relaxation with a bottle of 2012 Nelms Road Cabernet Sauvignon, the Columbia Valley Cabernet from the second label at Woodward Canyon. The wine itself is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (78%), Syrah (12%), Merlot (4%), Cabernet Franc (2%), Barbera (2%) and Petit Verdot (2%).
The color of the wine is classic Columbia Valley Cabernet, deep, inky purple with bright ruby edges. The nose is a burst of sweet red fruit aromas, currant, cherry and a bit of spice over the top. The taste is really a pleasure to drink, with a bit of dark fruit up front, blackberry, plum and raisin that transitions to some spice notes midpalate, black pepper, baking spice and a bit of tart cherry. The tannins are somewhat supple, providing for a nice smooth, very dry finish. A perfect wine to sip on a summer evening!
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's a wonderful Cabernet and at a very reasonable price, as this wine is just $25, much less than the flagship Woodward Canyon Cabernet. Tonight of all things I am pairing this with a classic midwest dinner of tuna casserole! See it's not all glamour around my house, besides sometimes you just need a great wine to elevate the food you pair it with! Cheers!