All right, I made it home from work, filled the bird feeder and pulled a few dandelions, so now it's time to relax with a glass of wine. Tonight I've decided to open up another bottle I bought from the Wines Till Sold Out Napa Valley Marathon a few weeks ago, the 2013 Edwards & Chaffey Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (98%) mainly from the Oakville and Mount Veeder AVAs, balanced with a bit of Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc. So let's see how it tastes!
The wine is a deep, brooding indigo in the glass, with nice garnet around the edges. The nose is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet with aromas of leather, blackberry, mocha and baking spice. The taste is quite nice, with a rush of black fruit up front, blackberry, cherry and a bit of blueberry that transitions nicely to some mocha and spice notes midpalate. The finish is lovely, with well integrated tannins supporting the long, smooth dry finish that surprises you with a bit of cherry cola at the end.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's a really pleasant drinking Cabernet at a value price of just $20. This would be another classic Napa steak wine, and tonight I'm enjoying this wine with a grilled London broil made from a coffee rubbed flank steak I picked up this weekend at Trader Joe's, along with some wild rice and green beans with sliced almonds. The wine just perfectly accents the rich flavors of the meat, cheers!