This iconic red is easily able to handle hearty red meats, steaks and game. We love it with a big, fat Porterhouse, grilled to perfection. Pour on a generous spoonful of Bearnaise sauce made with lots of pepper. The butter of the Bearnaise will be a great balance for this super rich Cabernet, and the pepper will marry with its tannins like a pro. Saute some dark mushrooms and toss them with wild rice as an accompaniment. They will work beautifully with the cedar and roasted coffee nuances of the wine. Another delicious option is a Spanish lamb ragout with roasted sweet peppers. The dark red fruit of the wine pairs beautifully with the luxurious sweetness of the tomato in the ragout. While you're thinking about what's on the menu, put out a small bowl of toasted pistachios to go with your first glass or two. They will pick up on the gentle earthiness in this Napa Valley Cabernet. You might also think about having them as a crust on a piece of tuna if you decide to go to the lighter side of meats. If your sweet tooth is calling you, luxuriate in the long, concentrated finish of this Cabernet with a generous spoonful of bittersweet chocolate gelato sandwiched between two espresso meringues.
Winery: "Our 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon artfully combines the classic elegance of the old world and the ripe fruit of California. It displays an opaque garnet color with a bouquet driven by fruity aromas of blackberry liqueur and hoisin sauce. It also offers the savory components of sage and molasses. These complex aromatics are complemented by sandalwood and nutmeg characteristics indicative of American oak aging. This is a well-structured wine with a compact and rich mid-palate buttressed by silky tannins and generous acidity. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2037.
78.9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3.5% Cabernet Franc, 2.3% Petit Verdot and 0.3% Malbec
|Aging:||24 months in 85% new and 15% once-filled barrels
|Region:||Napa Valley, California
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