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2018 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$175

Sleeper
2018 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.9%
Black garnet color. Inviting aromas of black plum, patent leather, dark chocolate ganache, roasted root vegetables, and clove with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, long hazelnut, black toast, and espresso finish with drying, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A taut but expressive Cabernet Sauvignon best saved for a few years; expect this brooding Cabernet to come alive and be a centerpiece of a great meal in 3-10 years.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: black plum, patent leather, dark chocolate ganache, roasted root vegetables, and clove
Taste Flavor: hazelnut, black toast, and espresso
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A taut but expressive Cabernet Sauvignon best saved for a few years; expect this brooding Cabernet to come alive and be a centerpiece of a great meal in 3-10 years.

The Producer

Blicker Pierce Wagner Wine Merchants

The Producer

Cabernet Sauvignon

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that is the source of some of the world’s most celebrated and longest-lived reds. Grown in many countries, it is most famous in Bordeaux, where it is the principal grape in red Bordeaux as well as in California – especially Napa Valley- where it is labeled by its varietal name.

Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas and flavors of black currant, cassis, black cherry and sometimes plum (in warmer regions or vintages). Quite rich on the palate, the variety is very tannic, giving its wines a bitter edge in their youth, but also providing the wines with great aging potential, with top flight examples drinking well for as long as four or five decades. Given their richness and flavor profile, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon need to be paired with rich red meats, such as steaks and roasts as well as game.

Besides France and California, other countries with warm growing regions also excel with Cabernet Sauvignon. These include the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys in Chile as well as the Bolgheri district, situated on the coast of Tuscany.