A deep, full-bodied red with dense flavors of black cherry and crème de cassis layered with dark chocolate,
espresso bean, hints of licorice and wild chaparral. Warm and generous on the palate, the wine's time in both French and American oak adds a spicy vanilla character to the mix, while the velvety tannins bring it to a long and satisfying finish.
Pairings: If you're a steak lover, you can't go wrong enjoying this Cabernet-dominated blend with a generously-peppered rib eye hot off the grill. It also works nicely with rosemary-sprinkled lamb chops or creamy polenta with a dusting of Parmesan cheese.
The producer's long-standing Bordeaux-style blend, this vintage is comprised of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 6% Malbec. Blueberry, mocha and vanilla underscore its richness as a bright midpalate of dried herb and firm tannin take root.