HAPPY HALLOWINE!!! Ok, so I left work and got right home to carve a pumpkin and get ready for all the ghosts and goblins to come asking for candy from 6-8 pm, and the pumpkin is carved, seeds are in the oven and now it's time for a glass of wine before the chaos begins! And tonight I've opened a bottle of my most recent wine club selection from Seven Hills Winery in Walla Walla (one of my favorites!), the 2012 McClellan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon!
The wine is a lovely deep violet in the glass with great clarity. The nose is quite nice, with aromas of leather over some ripe boysenberry and cherry notes and just a hint of dried herbs. The taste is just wonderful, with a rather subdued bit of fruit up front, berries and cherry that quickly gives way to some lovely mineral notes midpalate, dusty limestone and basalt and a bit of peppercorn. The tannins are young but very well integrated, lending a bit of spice and velvelty mouthfeel for the long, smooth dry finish.
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, with plenty of room to improve with some time in the cellar. It was also a lot less expensive than I expected, with a list price of $45 and with my wine club discount it was only $38! Maybe not an everyday wine, but for a special occasion like Hallowine, it's ideal! Tonight I'm just having a glass with handing-out-candy duty, but it would be ideal with a nice steak or a hearty Italian meal, but for tonight, considering the kids are coming soon and it just started snowing (SNOWING?!?!?) it's just fine by itself. Cheers!