Happy Friday! I have to admit, I've been looking forward to the weekend for many reasons, not the least of which is my upcoming steam train excursion on Sunday, but also for the chance to open up a good bottle or two of wine! Tonight is no exception as I'm opening up one of my favorite varietals from one of my favorite vineyards made by one of my favorite producers, the 2014 Seven Hills McClellan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon! So let's see how this one tastes!
The wine is a deep black color at the center with bright garnet along the edges. The nose is a lovely breath of leather, dark cherry and smoky oak over the faintest hints of earthy minerals. The taste is just divine, with some lovely black fruit notes of cherry, blackberry and plum that transition nicely to some notes of dusty limestone midpalate. The finish is as pleasant as could be, with a bit of black pepper spice amid the well integrated tannins, providing a long, smooth and very dry finish that just make me want another sip.
Overall, I would rate this one a solid 9, as once again this great wine doesn't disappoint. This would be a great wine for grilling, which is a good thing since I have a nice prime New York strip ready to grill along with some fresh asparagus from Michigan. The rich black fruit and dusty mineral notes are perfect to pair with a nice charred prime steak, cheers!