The key to making great Cabernet Sauvignon is to ensure the crop load is balanced so that all of the grapes can ripen evenly and develop concentrated flavors. The rich flavors in this wine come not only from the Cabernet Sauvignon itself, but also from the addition of other red varietals: 14% Merlot for elegance, 5% Lemberger and 1% Syrah for a black pepper note and 2% Cabernet Franc for backbone. The result? Cherry, cranberry and vanilla aromas and flavors integrated with toasty oak. A slight bell pepper note in the background adds complexity. The texture is soft and velvety, with nice oak, vanilla and clove note in the balanced tannic finish. The winemakers suggest mid-term consumption with grilled bell peppers, BBQ beef, spicy pasta or a bittersweet chocolate desert.