Deep garnet in color, this wine presents an effusive nose that teems with aromas of fresh black cherry, warm blackberry and red plum, intertwined with hints of brambly spice, fresh ground clove and vanilla bean. The palate leads smoothly with rich red raspberry, cherry and currant fruit flavors that meld lusciously into hints of creamy caramel, cocoa powder, ground espresso bean and subtle mint leaf beneath supple tannins on the lingering finish.
Fruit-forward and food-friendly as ever, this vintage of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon makes a versatile choice for pairing. It would be lovely served alongside many meals, from smoked beef brisket and grilled vegetables, to a vegetarian burger with sweet potato fries, to a seared, fennel-crusted ahi tuna steak and salad. Hard, aged gouda makes a classic cheese course with this wine as well.