Happy Friday! It's been a busy week and I am so ready for the weekend! And since we are starting the weekend, it may as well be with a nice bottle of wine. Tonight I've decided to open a bottle of Napa Valley Cabernet that I got in the Wines Till Sold Out Napa Valley marathon a month or two ago, the 2012 Tobias Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, a 100% Cabernet from the Howell Mountain AVA. So let's see how this one tastes!
The wine is a deep, inky purple at the center, with bright ruby along the edges, classic for a Napa Cabernet. The nose presents aromas of cherry, oak and a bit of dried fig. The taste is a rush of ripe cherry up front that blankets your palate. The cherry transitions nicely to some notes of vanilla and a bit of oak midpalate. The finish is rather subdued, with some nicely structured tannins providing for a very smooth, dry finish that's a refreshing departure from many of the in-your-face Cabernets on the market today.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8.5, it's very nice quality, but not a terrific value at $29. This is a classic big steak wine, though I think it would pair quite nicely with a variety of pasta dishes, smoked brisket or classic barbecue as well. Tonight I'm enjoying this wine with a Thai chili rubbed New York strip along with some grilled baby bok choy and couscous. Cheers!