Ready to Drink: 2013 Kenefick Ranch Doctor’s Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon

It’s rare to be asked to review a fully developed wine these days. So it is a real pleasure to find lovely maturity in this cabernet sauvignon, with its strong elements of ripe, dark red fruit. Because the wine has aged long enough to find its equilibrium, the wine works well both on its own and with a meal. Delving deeper, we find energy and balance in dynamic fruit, leather, tannin, and lively acidity.

If you have time, open this wine about a half-hour before drinking; if not, spend a few moments swirling it in your glass after it’s poured.

WHO: Kenefick Ranch

WHAT: 100% cabernet sauvignon

WHERE: Calistoga, Napa Valley, California

HOW MUCH: $124 (media sample)