Well good evening! It's time for a mid-week dinner and of course a glass or two of wine. Tonight I've decided to open a recent purchase from Wines Till Sold Out, the 2013 Bell Canyon Cellars Signature Reserve from Napa Valley (have I mentioned I've been on a bit of a Napa kick lately?). This wine is an interesting blend for Napa in that it has no Cabernet! This one is a blend of Syrah (56%), Malbec (29%), Merlot (11%) and Petit Syrah (4%), so let's see what cooks!
The wine is a lovely deep ruby color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose presents aromas of oak, blackberry and dark cherry, with just a hint of vanilla bean. The taste is quite pleasant, with flavors of blackberry and licorice up front that transitions to some wonderful peppery spice notes midpalate. The finish is very nice, as the spice lingers with the young tannins for a long, smooth dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's drinking wonderfully now, but will likely improve with some time in the cellar. My only complaint is the use of an artificial cork, as you know I'm a fan of natural cork. The wine was also a very good value at just $15. Tonight I am pairing this wine with a rare grilled, black pepper bacon wrapped filet mignon with a baked potato and some grilled Brussels sprouts. Cheers!