Happy New Year! I missed a night of tasting- opting instead for beer, champagne and mulled wine for the festivities. Back to work, this is the Reserve version of the last wine I tasted- The Clos de Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon. This upgraded one is opaque and brooding- a deep ruby in the glass with watery legs. The nose is uplifting with pronounced aromas of black plum, cassis, black fruit compote, eucalyptus, charred wood, graphite and a mineral streak. The palate is yummy. Slightly dry with good tannic structure that is integrating, medium acidity and a generous body. Black fruits, deft oak and minerality make for a lovely mouthfeel that has plenty of structure and fruit that continues on to a medium-to-long finish that turns quite dry- somewhat mouth puckering to be sure. The graphite note really hits on the finish, it is quite an interesting twist. This is a cellar worthy wine that is drinking nicely now if you like them dry and fruity. I think it will evolve nicely over time and drink till 2028. Steaks are on the grill with sautéed eggplant alongside sweet potato fries. 91 points and 4 stars for this $40 Napa Cab. Salut….