An affordable appellation wine, there's an introductory whiff of meaty bacon that signals full-bodied goodness, followed by soft, integrated layers of cherry and vanilla. Thick and densely concentrated, it's drinking well now and should please many palates.
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By Jeff Sternstein
Really, a well balanced Cabernet for the decerning wine drinker, suitable for company, steak or duck dinner, or a sharp cheese. Not overly fruit forward but dense, with a decent level of tannins that soften over time but don't disappear. I'm going to buy more. Got mine (a 2013 for <$25)
Reviews wines from California.
Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat
and Sonoma Magazine
, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond.