Rich, luscious and deep, this is a big mouthful of joy. Black currant and black cherry waft up from the glass. Deep black fruit and loads of dark chocolate and espresso coat the entire mouth, huge, rich, and round. The mid-palate adds a touch of tart blackberry, adding acid-bright freshness. Tannins are velvet-smooth and sweet. Drink with espresso-rubbed New York Strip. Highly Recommended. 92 points. DBH.
WHO: Rodney Strong
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon (75%), Merlot (13%), Cabernet Franc (5%), Malbec (5%), Petit Verdot (2%)
WHERE: California, Alexander Valley
HOW MUCH: $55 (media sample)