Well the weekend is coming to a close, so why not open a bottle of wine to enjoy? Tonight it's a Cabernet from an emerging region of California wine production, Paso Robles - the 2013 Stasis Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is the reserve level wine produced by Tolliver Ranch, with its sandy, gravelly soil that is ideal for producing big red wines like Cabernet, Petite Sirah and Syrah.
The wine is a deep ruby color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is very earthy, with strong notes of leather, dusty granite and some notes of rich black fruit that steadily emerges, blackberry, plum and black cherry. The taste is quite nice particularly given it's youth and inexperience. You start with a bit of jammy red fruit, cherry, boysenberry and red currant that gradually transitions to some mocha, vanilla bean and toasted oak notes midpalate. The tannins are somewhat young and underdeveloped, yet the finish was surprisingly voluptuous, smooth and very dry.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7.5, it was a very nice and approachable wine today, but one that will likely improve with some time in the bottle. It was also a fairly descent value at just $17 from Wines Till Sold Out. Tonight I am pairing this wine with some oven roasted center cut pork chops, some cheesy potato casserole and steamed asparagus, a perfect Midwestern Sunday dinner! The rich black fruit notes with this wine are the perfect complement to a fine pork chop, like cranberries on turkey at Thanksgiving. Cheers!