Happy Friday! And Happy April Fools Day! Today a bunch of work friends and I are getting together to enjoy a Foolish Friday, where we can enjoy a variety of cheeses and a viewing of Office Space, so what could be more enjoyable? In addition to some other wines, I've opened a magnum of 2013 Long Meadow Ranch Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, from a super Napa Valley vintage. So let's see how this one stacks up!
The wine is a lovely deep ruby color in the glass. The nose presents aromas of blackberry, leather and black pepper spice. The taste is perfect Napa Cabernet, with a rush of ripe black fruit up front that transitions effortlessly to some notes of cherry cola and spice midpalate. The tannins are nicely structured to provide a lovely foundation for the long, smooth and exceptionally dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5 with room to improve with a little time in the cellar. Tonight we are enjoying this wine with a variety of cheeses, including some English Stilton, Camembert, Parmesano, pepperoncino Asiago and Kerrygold reserve Irish cheddar, along with a variety of olives, rustic Italian bread, truffle butter, and charcuterie, but it would also be great with a classic grilled steak! Cheers!