The wine is a beautiful deep ruby color in the glass, with a near inky appearance near the center. The nose presents aromas of black raspberry, black currant, vanilla bean and a hint of leather. The taste is really quite nice, as you experience some subdued black fruit up front, that smoothly transitions to some flavors of mocha and baking spice midpalate. The finish is quite nice, with some smooth tannins supporting a long, voluptuous finish.
|My house this morning, a winter wonderland though it's still autumn!|
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's a classic Napa Valley Cabernet from a strong vintage, but it's a bit young and could use some time in the cellar. It's also not a tremendous value, though I found some of this wine locally for a little less than $57. Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a classic Cabernet pairing of rare grilled Angus New York Strip, backed potato and grilled asparagus. A hearty meal for a cold snowy evening!