Saturday, January 23, 2016

2012 Old Poodle Dog Cabernet Sauvignon

Who doesn't like dogs?  And who doesn't like Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley?  I figured as much, so I couldn't resist when I saw the Coho Wines new "Old Poodle Dog" Cabernet Sauvignon on Wines Till Sold Out and I've decided to open a bottle to enjoy this evening.  This wine is from the lovely 2012 vintage, which is a star for Napa, so let's see what cooks!

The wine is a classic inky purple in the glass with bright ruby along the edges.  The nose presents aromas of black plum, leather and oak with just a hint of dried violets along the edge.  The taste is very nuanced, with some initial flavors of plum and tart cherry that give way to some smoky elements midpalate with a nice bit of white pepper spice in the background.  The tannins are somewhat soft and round but still provide a nice base for the long, velvety and exceedingly dry finish.

Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9, it's a very nice Cabernet and it was a descent value at just $30.  Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a classic pairing of a rare grilled Angus New York strip, roasted potatoes and maroon carrots and steamed broccoli.  This wine is perfect for a big steak, cheers!

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