Happy Sunday! I mowed the lawn and did some other chores around the house this afternoon, and now it's time to relax with Sunday dinner, which of course means I need to pick out a nice bottle of wine to enjoy with it. Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of 2013 Michel-Schlumberger La Revolution Cabernet Sauvignon from the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (80%), Syrah (7%), Merlot (5%), Petit Verdot (5%) and Malbec (3%).
The wine is a deep inky purple color in the glass with a bit of garnet around the edges. The nose presents aromas of leather, pipe tobacco, black cherry and a bit of black plum, just as you'd expect from a nice Cabernet. The taste is just lovely, with a blast of fruit up front, blackberry, cherry and plum that transitions nicely to some wonderful spice notes of black pepper and anise with a bit of mocha and dark chocolate notes midpalate. The finish is quite nice with supple tannins supporting the long, smooth and very dry finish that seems to go on for a minute or more. This is a great example of some of the fine, yet underappreciated wines coming out of Sonoma today.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, I've become a fan of this producer, with very nice wines at a terrific value (I bought this one from Wines Till Sold Out for just $18!). This wine would be ideal with almost any sort of beef dish, but tonight I've gone a familiar route, with a nice prime sirloin grilled rare served with a baked potato with sour cream and some grilled asparagus and organic rainbow carrots. Cheers!