Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2012 Herringbone Napa Valley Red Wine

Well, it's midweek, no time to relax, no time to cook, but there's always time for wine!  And tonight midst the mid-week boredom I've decided to open a bottle of Napa Valley red wine that I recently bought from Wines Till Sold Out, this one from the rumored to be fantastic 2012 vintage, the 2012 Herringbone Napa Valley Red Wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which should be enough to get me through the evening!

The wine has a nice deep purple color in the glass, with a nice ring of bright ruby along the edges.  The nose is a pleasant combination of leather, blackberry and plum accented with a hint of vanilla bean.  The taste is actually quite nice, a good amount of ripe fruit up front, blackberry, plum and cherry cola that transitions nicely to some mineral notes of dusty limestone and basalt midpalate, quite characteristic of a Bordeaux style blend of these two varietals.  The tannins are young but firm, providing some structure to the long, smooth and very dry finish.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7.5, it's a very easy drinking and food friendly red that was also a terrific value at only $12!  Tonight I am pairing this wine with everyone's favorite midweek dinner, leftovers!  A bit of marinaded London Broil, some roasted purple potatoes and an Asian kale and cabbage salad, and of course the wine is perfect for pairing with some big red meat, cheers!

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