Syrah continues in this vintage as Bonterra's unconventional blending grape for
Cabernet Sauvignon, giving intriguing elements of spice and deep rich flavors
sometimes not so attainable from the more traditional Merlot or Petite Sirah. Over the past seven years Bonterra has been
privileged to work with Christian LeSommer, formerly of Chateau LaTour, to refine
away the rough edges of their Cabernet to allow an elegant, near Old World styled
wine to emerge.
This Cabernet offers New World aromas of Bing cherry, currants
and raspberry, with spicy notes of cedar and dried cranberry, with slight vanilla
notes (French Vanilla, of course). In the glass you'll find juicy red berry flavors,
and a very approachable, rich and full mouthfeel with a lingering, thoughtful finish.
Good structure, polished yet soft tannins promise an ever more pleasing wine to
come, with lively acidity and subtle spice.
This rich and flavorful
wine will be a surprisingly good match with a broad array of
dishes that reach far beyond Cabernet's traditional pairing
with roast meats.