Happy Sunday! I had a rather relaxing Sunday afternoon, pulling dandelions (they are my nemesis!) fertilizing, taking down some dead branches, feeding the ducks, and now it's time to relax with a bit of wine. Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of Napa Cabernet that I bought in the recent Wines Till Sold Out Napa Valley Marathon, the 2013 Napa Bridge Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, so let's see how this one tastes!
The wine is an inky black at the center with bright ruby along the edges. The nose is a pleasant combination of rich leather, graphite and blackberry, sort of a welcome party in anticipation of the lovely wine you're about to taste. And the taste, it's a rich combination of ripe black fruit, blackberries, plum and cherries, that linger on the tongue before transitioning to some flavors of baking spice, dark chocolate and tobacco midpalate. The finish is classic, big bold Cabernet, with still rather tightly wound tannins providing the punchy backdrop for the long, and exceptionally dry finish, that seems to linger for several minutes.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, as it's just starting to come into its own. The wine was a pretty good value for this vintage of Napa Valley Cabernets at just $27. This wine is destined to be a good steak wine, which is a good thing since my Sunday dinner is a rare grilled Prime Ribcap with some grilled asparagus and broccoli rabe along with a baked potato with sour cream and scallions. What a delicious wine with the dry acidity really complementing the richness of the steak. Cheers!