Vineyard 511 Cabernet Sauvignon

The color is very dark, almost completely opaque at the center. The nose starts a bit show, but opens with time in the glass. Black currant is the primary aroma, with some coconut and spice coming behind it. Black fruit dominates on the palate, blackberry before black currant. Hints of cherry add brightness on the mid-palate, with complexity piling on toward the finish, adding tobacco, rosemary, and umami. Chocolatey tannins offer a promising future in the cellar. This is a bottle full of promises, offering tantalizing hints of what it can be with some time in the cellar. Decant it for hours now, if you must, but better to lay it down and taste promises kept. Drink with patience, and then with lamb chops. Highly Recommended. 93 points.

WHO: Vineyard 511
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon
WHEN: 2013
WHERE: California, Napa Valley, Diamond Mountain
HOW MUCH: $49 (media sample)