Happy Hump Day! Time for a nice bottle of wine to celebrate getting through half a week, and tonight I've decided to open a recent purchase from Wines Till Sold Out, the 2013 Maxwell Creek Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. This wine is a blend of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon (80%) along with Petit Verdot (8%), Merlot (6%), Cabernet Franc (3%) and Malbec (3%). So let's see what this wine has to offer!
The wine is an inky purple in the glass, with bright ruby along the edges. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, plum, leather and tar, with a hint of lilac. The taste is quite nice, with a rush of ripe fruit and cherry cola up front, blackberry, raspberry and black currant, that transitions nicely to some notes of mocha, vanilla bean and toasted oak midpalate. The finish is very nice, with fine grained tannins supporting a long, smooth and very dry finish that seems to last a minute or more. This wine is a very nice example of a Napa Cabernet from a stellar vintage.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's drinking beautifully now but will likely improve a bit with some time in the cellar. This wine would be great with steak, but tonight I am enjoying this wine in an unconventional pairing with some alder planked wild Alaskan Coho salmon along with some linguine tossed with garlic and olive oil and some steamed white asparagus (don't you love asparagus season?). Cheers!