Secret Indulgence Tarot Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
The nose opens with notes of violets, dark berries, bramble and warm black mission fig, the nose is reminiscent of walking through a blackberry patch. From the first sip, the Tarot Cabernet provides balanced intensity and structure. Notes of blue and black berries mingle on your palate with lavender, black cherry and all spice, finishing with a long, graceful mouthfeel.
Pair this wine alongside Slow Braised Short Ribs or Venison, hard cheeses (Parmesan, Cheddar), or white rice dishes.
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I always like this cuvee and the 2018 Tarot is no exception. It’s also a terrific value. Based on 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, and the balance Merlot and Cabernet Franc, it has a great, perfumed nose of red and black fruits, toasted spices, dried herbs, and chocolate. This carries to a medium to full-bodied, silky, nicely balanced 2018 red blend that’s ideal for enjoying over the coming 7-8 years or so.
Composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the deep garnet-purple colored 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Tarot offers notes of minted black cherries, blackcurrant pastilles and redcurrant jelly with hints of potpourri, fallen leaves and cedar chest. The full-bodied palate is chock-full of black fruit preserves with loads of spicy sparks and a firm, grainy texture, finishing long with a display of invigorating sparks.
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One of the most prestigious wines of the world capable of great power and grace, Napa Valley Cabernet is a leading force in the world of fine, famous, collectible red wine. Today the Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without the other. But it wasn’t until the 1970s that this marriage came to light; sudden international recognition rained upon Napa with the victory of the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Cabernet Sauvignon in the 1976 Judgement of Paris.
Cabernet Sauvignon undoubtedly dominates Napa Valley today, covering half of the land under vine, commanding the highest prices per ton and earning the most critical acclaim. Cabernet Sauvignon’s structure, acidity, capacity to thrive in multiple environs and ability to express nuances of vintage make it perfect for Napa Valley where incredible soil and geographical diversity are found and the climate is perfect for grape growing. Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that express specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil—as a perfect example, Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.