3/26/2013

03.26.2013 Wine Reviews: Kramer Vineyards, Alexandria Nicole Cellars, and Passaggio Wines


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I know you would never believe this, but I uncork or unscrew a new wine adventure just about every day. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine blogger, and someone who thoroughly appreciates and enjoys the liquid expression of a place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence, I often tell people that wine is one of the most intriguing beverages in the world. It’s a hobby where there is always something new to taste and learn as well as great people to meet in real life or via those wonderful social media portals called Facebook and Twitter.

Two Flutes of Kramer Vineyards 2010 Brut


Below are a few of my recent sips accompanied by my tasting notes and a picture I snapped of each bottle. All three of these white wines are ideal for springtime/summer sipping and come from relatively small [production] producers. At $20-$26 these wines are at fairly accessible price points and all three, in my opinion, are meant to be enjoyed in their youth (and preferably with family, friends, and fine nibbles). Variety, so they say, is the spice of life, so keep an open mind and an open palate and enjoy the experience. Drink well, my friends!

Kramer Vineyards 2010 Brut 


1) Kramer Vineyards 2010 Brut (SRP $26): I had an opportunity to taste this sparkling selection during a recent #tastekramerwine virtual wine tasting with winemaker Kim Kramer. This refreshing sparkling wine is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay from the producer’s 20-acre estate vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton (a sub-appellation of the greater Willamette Valley AVA in Oregon). It is made in the traditional method – the same process used to make Champagne. Inviting and vibrant scents of golden apple, pear, and pie crust fill the nose alongside orange zest and faint bread dough notes. The palate is light-to-medium in body with a somewhat creamy mousse and a steady but scant bead of medium sized bubbles. It’s tasty and fresh with (food-partnering) mouth-watering acidity and a pleasing mineral edge that persists through to the medium-length crisp and clean finish. Only 165 cases of this wine were produced. We enjoyed a few flutes of this bubbly with smoked salmon pinwheels, but it’s versatile enough to pair with a wide variety of foods. I’m saving a bottle to match with a beautiful spring day and picnic fare. Click here to find this wine.

Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2012 Crawford Viognier 


2) Alexandria Nicole Cellars 2012 Crawford Viognier (SRP $20): This is a bright and refreshing Viognier from Washington State (Columbia Valley). In the glass, it displays a medium straw color with pleasant scents of peach, apricot and wild flowers amid citrus blossom, subtle Asian pear notes and a faint touch of hay. The aromas extend to the palate with well-balanced acidity and delicate yet vibrant fruit flavors that end with a clean, medium length finish. I enjoyed this bottle on its own and with my friend’s tasty version of Dynamite Shrimp – which was a nice match. With warmer days ahead, this is a nice wine to pair with the patio (which the producer's tasting-notes suggest), deck, or backyard get-togethers with family and friends. Click here to check out the producer’s entertaining ‘Harlem Shake’ video and click here to find this wine. 

Passaggio New Generation Unoaked Chardonnay


3) Passaggio New Generation Unoaked [California] 2011 Chardonnay (SRP $23): Pale straw in color, this delightfully refreshing Chardonnay offers a vibrant melody of citrus fruit, melon, and tree fruit aromas/flavors complemented by brisk, food-friendly acidity with pleasing mineral notes and a clean, medium-length finish. I enjoyed this Chardonnay on its own and with a grilled chicken salad. While I enjoy all styles of Chardonnay, this is a pleasant example of how the grape can express itself “au natural" sans the influence of oak. Winemaker Cynthia Cosco, whose label reflects her Italian heritage, left a 15 year Law Enforcement career on the east coast to pursue her passion of making wine back in 2004 and hasn’t looked back. Cynthia is pretty well-known in social media circles and has an inspirational “Follow Your Passion” story and solid juice to boot. Click here to read Cynthia’s story and click here to find this wine. 

Happy Sipping with Passaggio! 


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3/18/2013

03.18.2013 Wine Reviews: Newsome-Harlow Wines and Twisted Oak Winery in Calaveras County


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I know you would never believe this, but I uncork or unscrew a new wine adventure just about every day. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine blogger, and someone who thoroughly appreciates and enjoys the liquid expression of a place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence, I often tell people that wine is one of the most intriguing beverages in the world. It’s a hobby where there is always something new to taste and learn as well as great people to meet in real life or via those wonderful social media portals called Facebook and Twitter.

#CellarPassTV Tasting Line-up


Below are a few of my recent sips accompanied by my tasting notes and a picture I snapped of each bottle. What all three wines have in common is they are from Calaveras County, California, and made by Scott Klann. Calaveras County, famous for its role in the California gold rush, is situated within the Sierra Foothills appellation and located approximately 60 miles southeast of Sacramento. Winemaker Scott Klann, along with his wife Melanie and partners, started their own label, Newsome-Harlow, in 2000. The Newsome-Harlow label specializes in the production of small lots of [primarily] single-vineyard designated wines from Calaveras County grown fruit and other nearby areas. Scott also makes wine at Jeff Stai’s Twisted Oak Winery. When I started blogging, back in April of 2006, Jeff first introduced me to Calaveras County wine with a bottle of Twisted Oak Canterbury Vineyard 2005 Viognier. This region’s warm-to-hot climate, dry summers, and diurnal temperature variations appears well suited to Rhone and Spanish varieties (which the 'Twisted' folks specialize in).  Scott brings two decades of experience crafting wines in the Sierra Foothills to the table and it shows in the three selections below. Variety, so they say, is the spice of life, so keep an open mind and an open palate and enjoy the experience. Drink well, my friends!

Newsome-Harlow 2012 Sauvignon Blanc 


1) Newsome-Harlow Wines 2012 [Calaveras County] Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $16, Club Member Party Price $12): I had an opportunity to taste this selection during a recent CellarPass TV virtual wine tasting. This Sauvignon Blanc contains a splash (4%) of Muscat Blanc. Pale straw in color, the wine offers bright citrus fruit, melon, and mango aromas with delicate floral scents alongside shy stone fruit notes and a hint of “fresh cut hay” -- which the tasting notes also suggest. A vibrant entry with refreshing, food-partnering acidity glides across the [slender] palate with a [very light] dash of sweetness that extends through the clean and fruit-driven short-to-medium length finish. Enjoyable on its own (especially on a warm spring/summer day); but all I could think about was pairing it with a delicious white garlic sauce pizza topped with mushrooms and onions. So, I did the following day and it was a nice match. Click here to find this wine and click here to watch the CellarPass interview with Scott Klann. 

Newsome-Harlow 2010 Dalton Ranch Syrah 


2) Newsome-Harlow Wines 2010 Dalton Ranch Vineyard [Calaveras County] Syrah (SRP $32): I had an opportunity to taste this selection during a recent CellarPass TV virtual wine tasting. When done right -- I personally like the way Syrah expresses itself in both cool and warm climates. This example falls within the latter category and sports a [fairly] luscious and ripe profile. In the glass, it displays a deep ruby/purple color with layers of ripe [dark] berry fruit aromas and flavors that mingle with (sweet) high-tone red fruit undertones, plum, spice, and [very] delicate earthy accents. On the palate, this wine is soft and round with a velvety texture, good balance, polished tannins, and a medium-length pleasant finish. When asked to go out on a limb with a pairing idea – I tweeted “Savory herb waffles with a maple-bacon drizzle and pan seared duck breast.” This is a dish I plan to make and pair with a bottle of this wine in the near future. Click here to find this wine and click here to watch the CellarPass interview with Scott Klann. 

Twisted Oak Winery 2009 ‘The Spaniard’ 


3) Twisted Oak Winery 2009 [Calaveras County] ‘The Spaniard’ (SRP $49): This is a dark and pleasing blend of 68% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano, and 17% Garnacha that I originally had an opportunity to review for #TempranilloDay and have since enjoyed another bottle with bacon-wrapped filet mignon. In the glass, this wine sports a deep color with dark cherry and blackberry aromas with underlying darker fruit tones, light smoky notes, and a hint of meatiness. It is medium-to-full in body with well-integrated tannins and a savory mid-palate with a warm, cedar-accented lasting finish. During the virtual tasting, I recall seeing a number of positive tweets about this wine. It is another nice effort from the twisted bunch out there in Calaveras County. Check them out!  Click here to find this wine and be sure to follow proprietor Jeff Stai on Twitter. Dude is a hoot! 

Gene Simmons got nothing on Woody!


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3/11/2013

03.11.2013 Wine Reviews: Macari Vineyards, Creekside Cellars, Gadino Cellars


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I know you would never believe this, but I uncork or unscrew a new wine adventure just about every day. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine blogger, and someone who thoroughly appreciates and enjoys the liquid expression of a place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence, I often tell people that wine is one of the most intriguing beverages in the world. It’s a hobby where there is always something new to taste and learn as well as great people to meet in real life or via those wonderful social media portals called Facebook and Twitter.

Macari Vineyards Chardonnay


 Below are a few of my recent sips accompanied by my tasting notes and a picture I snapped of each bottle. These three wines are from the up-and-coming wine-growing and producing regions of Colorado, New York, and Virginia. Unless you live in or near these regions, getting ahold of these wines can be difficult largely due to small production amounts and other factors. From personal experience, I can tell you that within these regions are select producers who are growing and churning out quality wines. One appellation of note, not reviewed in this post, is New York’s Finger Lakes region. This region has come into its own with the noble Riesling grape variety; with just about every producer growing and crafting good quality, everyday drinking wines as well as complex and age-worthy (unctuous) gems. Variety, so they say, is the spice of life, so keep an open mind and an open palate and enjoy the experience. Drink well, my friends!

Macari Wines “Early Wine” 2012 Chardonnay 



1) Macari Wines North Fork of Long Island “Early Wine” 2012 Chardonnay (SRP $15.99): This is a light and refreshing off-dry selection from a small family owned and operated producer situated in Mattituck, New York. In the glass, the wine displays a straw color with delightful and vibrant tree fruit (apple, pear), citrus blossom, and fresh melon aromas and flavors on a sleek frame with a medium-length, clean finish. I had a glass (or two) with a moderately spicy plate of Thai food. The sweetness in the wine tempered the heat in the food and the wine’s refreshing acidity prepped my palate for another bite. This wine, I understand, is released a few months after harvest and its bright, fruit-forward nature is best enjoyed young (or early). While this is 100% Chardonnay, in a blind tasting, and my guests all agreed – it could throw you off. Having said that, it’s well-made and has “springtime sipping” written all over it (… picnics, backyard barbecues, etc). By the way, this is a selection I received in a recent Empire State Cellars shipment – which is a good online resource if you want to experience the wines of New York. Click here to find this wine.

Creekside Cellars Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc


2) Creekside Cellars Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc aka Franc – Colorado’s Cabernet (SRP $35-$50): Grown on Creekside Cellar's ten acre Vineland vineyard in Palisade, Colorado; this example, which is not shy, exhibits a fair amount of heft and body. In the glass, the wine displays a deep ruby color with dark stone-fruit, black currant, and an underlying streak of red berry fruit aromas with hints of [black] licorice/raisin (and just a touch of dried lavender) framed by spiced toast, dark chocolate, and toasted almonds. On the sip, it exhibits generous weight with a round, [somewhat] mouth-filling body, soft acidity, melted tannins, and a dollop of spicy oak in the lingering finish. The wine benefits (specifically the aromas) from approximately an hour in the decanter. I enjoyed a glass (actually two) with a smoked pulled pork dinner and fixings. The 2010 growing season didn’t start off too well for Colorado growers, but this rather sizeable, but smooth Franc had a strong finish! For those of you familiar with the old label, which is nice and sort of complements their Italian themed restaurant, this new packaging is very attractive. Click here to find this wine.

Gadino Cellars 2007 Cabernet Franc


3) Gadino Cellars Antiche Viti Reserva 2007 Cabernet Franc (SRP $25 … I think): I do not think this vintage is available anymore other than in the producer’s library. I’ve enjoyed several bottles over the years and also tossed a few in the back of my trustworthy EuroCave to see what the wine would do in a few years. Looking back at previous notes (2011), the wine has been pretty consistent (but it really hasn’t been that long). The 2007 Virginia growing season produced a number of nice white and red wines [overall]. The Gadino Antiche Viti Reserva 2007 Cabernet Franc is one of them. In the glass, the wine displays a violet-crimson color with dark cherry, raspberry, baking spice and black pepper aromas with subtle violet and savory herb notes. The aromas come through on the palate with a supple entry that leads to a round mid-palate and smooth tannins on a medium-bodied frame with balanced acidity and a pleasant medium length finish. I fired up the grill and enjoyed this wine with [huge and always delicious] dry-aged, grass fed and grain finished burgers from Martin's Angus Beef (The Plains, VA). The Butchers Block in Old Town Alexandria, VA carries these from time to time. The food and wine, both grown/raised in the same region, went quite well together. When I fix these burgers -- no ketchup, mustard or mayo required (the meat has wonderful flavor on its own) – though I did top these with grilled mushrooms, onions, and blue cheese. This wine is no longer available but you can click here to see the producer’s current offerings.

Happy Sipping and Eating!


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3/07/2013

03.07.2013 Wine Reviews: TR Elliott Winery and Bonneau Wines with Cellars of Sonoma


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I know you would never believe this, but I uncork or unscrew a new wine adventure just about every day. Being a wine enthusiast, a wine blogger, and someone who thoroughly appreciates and enjoys the liquid expression of a place, a person’s vision, and Mother Nature’s influence, I often tell people that wine is one of the most intriguing beverages in the world. It’s a hobby where there is always something new to taste and learn as well as great people to meet in real life or via those wonderful social media portals called Facebook and Twitter.

At @CellarsOfSonoma sipping Chardonnay


Below are a few of my recent sips accompanied by my tasting notes and a picture I snapped of each bottle. All of these wines are crafted by small, family-owned and operated Sonoma producers whose wines are sold and poured out of Cellars of Sonoma wine bar and tasting room in Santa Rosa, California. Variety, so they say, is the spice of life, so keep an open mind and an open palate and enjoy the experience. Drink well, my friends!

 TR Elliott Three Roses 2011 Chardonnay


1) TR Elliott Three Roses 2011 Chardonnay (SRP $32): This is a selection of seven barrels from a one-acre block of the Herrick Vineyard in Healdsburg, California. Theodore R Elliott, the vintner behind this label, specializes in producing small lots of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. Both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are well suited to the appellation’s cooler marcoclimate. I had an opportunity to enjoy a bottle of this Chardonnay when I visited Cellars of Sonoma wine bar in Santa Rosa's historic Railroad Square district a few weeks ago. In the glass, the wine displays a [medium] golden straw color and offers up a tasty core of citrus fruit and Asian pear aromas and flavors along the side of brown baking spices and a subdued mineral component. It is smooth and supple on the palate with a nice creamy richness, yet good acid balance with a deft touch of oak spice in the lingering finish. I paired this wine with bacon wrapped sea scallops and buttermilk-fried quail starter dishes and from neighboring restaurant Jack and Tony’s. While sipping and eating, I enjoyed good company, conversation, and the sounds of the talented and soulful local artist, John Pita. Overall, this is a pretty tasty Chardonnay that brings the richness (texture, mouth-feel), the brightness, good fruit flavors, and [pleasing] integrated barrel influenced components. Click here to find this wine.

TR Elliott Winery Burgonet 2010 Pinot Noir


2) TR Elliott Winery Burgonet 2010 Pinot Noir (SRP $44): This is a selection of nine barrels from O’Connell Vineyard in Sonoma’s cool-climate Russian River Valley. Medium-deep ruby in color, she boasts expressive aromas of dark cherry, tart cranberry fruit, citrus peel, sweet spice, subtle earthy tones, and fennel seed accented notes. It’s medium-bodied and velvety textured on the palate with a nicely nuanced core of red fruit flavors over a [moderately] elegant frame with a dollop of baking spice in the delightful, lasting finish. Approximately 170 cases of this wine were made. Personally, I have always experienced satisfying results when uncorking Ted’s single-vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Good balance has always been a trademark. Click here to find this wine.

Bonneau Wines Rockpile 2009 Zinfandel



3) Bonneau Wines Rockpile 2009 Zinfandel (SRP $50): The little-known and small Rockpile appellation (established in 2002) is located in northern Sonoma and has (… I think) approximately 200 acres under vine. The area has gravely soils, cool, but not cold, moderate temperatures, and the majority of the plantings are at fairly high (1000 ft.) elevations. For these reasons, John Bambury of Bonneau Wines says the appellation is well-suited to the uniquely American Zinfandel grape variety. In the glass, the Rockpile Zinfandel displays a medium [clear] garnet color with blackcurrant, boysenberry, anise, and (light) raisin aromas with cherry/red fruit undertones and subtle cedar and spice notes. The aromas extend to the [medium-to-full-bodied] palate with middling acidity (yet balanced), a [somewhat] round mouth-feel, and moderate tannins that persist through to the medium-length finish. I enjoyed the remainder of the wine with a smoked brisket sandwich and fixings the following day. This Zinfandel is not over-the-top or jammy and is from a small appellation that Robert Parker called ... "One of the finest Zinfandel sites in Northern California." Click here to find this wine.

Happy Sipping from Cellars of Sonoma!


About Cellars of Sonoma: Cellars of Sonoma is a wine bar and tasting room located in the heart of Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square. They specialize in featuring select hand-picked wines from small production Sonoma producers (with very few exceptions). Co-owner Scott Jordan and staff, host an entertaining live streaming broadcast every Tuesday at 9PM EST that showcases some of the small artisan boutique producers whose wines are poured and sold in the shop. The show also features local chefs and people in the hospitality business. I recommend tuning in if you have the time. Click here to visit the site for the show and save it in your favorites. The Twitter hash-tag for the live broadcast is #TVTuesdayLive. Cheers!

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3/04/2013

Steven Kent Winery and La Rochelle Tasting


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I recently had the opportunity to join a small group of wine bloggers and participate [virtually] in a Steven Kent twitter tasting. The tasting was led by Mike Wangbickler of Balzac Communications and we reviewed three selections from Steven Kent’s eponymous wine label as well as three selections from sister winery La Rochelle. I paid a visit to Steven Kent winery last year during a trip to Livermore, California. The Livermore Valley is one of California’s oldest wine growing regions. It is a warm-to-hot -- and fairly dry, inland appellation that’s well suited to Bordeaux varieties (both white and red) and Petite Sirah (which I believe has roots back to the Rhone Valley). Tasting rooms for both Steven Kent Winery and La Rochelle Winery are located in the heart of historic Livermore Valley wine country and are a grape’s throw away from each other (aka walking distance).

 The Tasting Line-up


The Steven Kent label focuses on limited production, Livermore-grown, single-vineyard wines – with an emphasis on producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. While the La Rochelle label specializes in crafting vineyard-designated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines from nearby cooler appellations. During my visit, I had a very nice time tasting and touring throughout the area as well as dining in Livermore's bustling historic downtown district. There are definitely some nice wines (generally slightly riper and fruit forward) being grown in the Livermore Valley and Steven Kent Winery and La Rochelle Winery are two good producers to get started with. See the wines I tasted below with a bottle shot and my tasting notes. Due to the limited production of many of the wines reviewed, the best way to obtain any of them is by way of the producer's tasting room or website. I have left links to the latter at the end of each review. Cheers!

Steven Kent Winery 2011 “Lola”


1) Steven Kent Winery 2011 “Lola” ($SRP $24): This is a refreshing blend of 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon. On the swirl and sniff, it shows orange blossom and citrus oil scents with subtle flinty mineral notes. There’s a slight richness on the sip (which is pleasant) – likely made possible my Ms. Semillon and lifted by bright, palate cleansing acidity. Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, in my opinion, are a dependent relationship and ideal partnership. Both are well expressed in this 2011 "Lola" blend of which only 256 cases were made. With spring on the horizon, this is a pleasant wine to have around the house and it won't break the bank. Click here to find this wine.

La Rochelle Dutton-Morelli Lane 2010 Chardonnay


2) La Rochelle Dutton-Morelli Lane [Russian River Valley] 2010 Chardonnay (SRP $65): First and foremost this is a texturally generous wine above all other things, that needs to be served at cellar temperature (approximately 55°F) to experience and appreciate its charms and voluptuous nature. This Chardonnay is straw gold in color with aromas of poached pear, roasted nuts, butter-cream, and brioche notes with citrus preserve scents and a touch of lemon curd. On the sip, it exhibits a round mouth-feel with a viscous, [fairly] rounded texture with [soft] balanced acidity and a [somewhat] creamy and lengthy finish. I recommend pairing this style of Chardonnay with a rich, fatty and delicious fish like salmon. It can also stand up well to white sauce and heavy cream dishes. Fewer than 120 cases of this Chardonnay were produced. Click here to find this wine.

La Rochelle Santa Lucia Highlands 2009 Pinot Noir


3) La Rochelle Santa Lucia Highlands 2009 Pinot Noir (SRP $38): This Pinot Noir displays a medium deep color with a fairly ripe and well-structured profile. The swirl and sniff boasts inviting dark cherry, currant, and plum aromas accented by brown spice, slight mineral notes and a touch of vanillin oak on a plush frame with a velvety texture and lasting finish. It exhibits an impeccable balancing act considering its ABV (15.2%). And while sizable it is focused and well-made. What it lacks in elegance it all but makes up for in generosity. With Pinot Noir, you generally get what you pay for (in my opinion), and this wine is fairly priced for those desiring a nice riper styled Pinot Noir. 381 cases of this wine were produced. Click here to find this wine.

La Rochelle Donum Estate 2009 Pinot Noir


4) La Rochelle Donum Estate Carneros 2009 Pinot Noir ($75): This is a refined, layered, and complex example of Pinot Noir that’s medium ruby in color with cherry and raspberry aromas alongside plum, pomegranate, cedar, cacao nibs, and distinct herbal shadings. It is an expressive and harmonious, medium-bodied wine with a supple texture, smooth tannins and a focused and lasting finish. This is one of the first wines in La Rochelle’s Grand Cu Collection; which represents the producer’s greatest wine-making achievement each vintage. Only 115 cases of this Pinot Noir were produced. Click here to find this wine.

Steven Kent Ghielmetti Vineyard 2009 Petit Verdot


5) Steven Kent Ghielmetti Vineyard [Livermore Valley] 2009 Petit Verdot (SRP $50): In the glass, this wine displays a deep and intense purple color that’s almost opaque. The swirl and sniff reveals a rich mix of (dense) ripe dark and brambly fruit accented by leather, cocoa powder, and (exotic) spicy notes with trailing scents of funk/barnyard. The palate is smooth and round, with a mouth-coating texture, soft acidity, and pillowy tannins. Overall, this is a pleasing wine, yet far less intimidating (on the palate) than the color and aromas would suggest. I enjoyed a glass with smoked brisket (no sauce) and fixings. Only 125 cases were produced and it’s worth noting that 100% Petit Verdot (Forman clone) is hard to find. This grape is usually used as a bit-player in blends (adding color, structure, and some aromatics). Click here to find this wine.

Steven Kent Home Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon


6) Steven Kent Home Ranch Vineyard [Livermore Valley] Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $65): After his first swirl, sniff, and sip – a friend of mine said, “This wine is delicious … with a capital D.” That statement just about wrapped up the thoughts of the rest of us at the table. “Steven Kent Winery is Cabernet,” says the winery's tasting note. Cabernet Sauvignon is Steven Kent Winery's flagship wine and this bottling reflects the emphasis, focus, vision, and effort placed on the variety. This wine exhibits a deep, but brilliant, ruby/purple color in the glass with inviting dark cherry, cassis, and plum scents intertwined with subtle wild herb, mocha, and spiced barrel influenced aromas. The wine's complex aromas carry on to the palate with a rich mouth-feel and good acid balance with a velvety texture and polished tannins that melt into the lasting finish. This wine drinks nicely now, though it does benefit from 1-2 hours of breathing. It is also an ideal candidate for cellaring -- as it should reward its [patient] owner. Click here to find this wine.

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