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!