Since I've been on a bit of a Napa kick since visiting the valley, why not open another fine Napa Valley Cabernet? Tonight it's the 2013 Michel-Schlumberger Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon from the Spring Mountain District of Napa Valley. This one I happened to buy recently from Wines Till Sold Out.
The wine itself it a bright ruby color, with nice clarity, a little different than many of the big brooding Cabernets from Napa. The nose presents lovely black fruit aromas of blackberry, cherry and raspberry over a bit of vanilla and smoke. The taste is formidable, with lovely notes of cherry cola and earthy notes of peat and basalt, it's a big cabernet that doesn't just show off it's heft, but rather displays a quiet confidence knowing just who is boss. The tannins are young but very well structured, supporting a long, smooth and exceptionally dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9, I really enjoyed it, and it was a terrific value at just $25 from Wines Till Sold Out. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a rare grilled Angus porterhouse, with some grilled brussels sprouts and rainbow carrots. The wine really provides a nice counterpart to the rich flavors of the steak, for a classic pairing. Cheers!