$80, 4 stars, 93 points, cabernet merlot blend, cabernet sauvignon, california, Sonoma, sonoma valley
Inky and opaque with super-slow moving legs and some staining on the walls (16% ABV!). The nose has intense aromas of blackberry jam, cassis, sweet vanilla, baking spices, menthol, briar and a dusty earth component. The palate is dry and tannic, full bodied and delicious. Ripe black berries meet spice and oaky vanilla with mint and earth. This is a very extracted wine that really hits on all cylinders and offers richness and structure with a touch of heat on the back end that reminds you to be careful with this high alcohol wine. The finish is long and tasty with fruit fading to earth and briar. Yummy stuff that will go great with our Sunday Roast Beef. I would also pair with Lamb and grilled Ribeyes. Cellar-wise, this is still a young wine that is drinking nicely now as the fine-grained tannins are starting to integrate nicely. If you have a few bottles of this Cabernet blend then cellar till 2030. The $80 price point makes it a treat wine that gets 93 points from me and 4 stars. Salut….