Lovely warm nose of chocolate, violets, and blueberries, along with a hint of saffron. A bit tight at first and a tad more floral than one might expect, but it unfolds to a seamless melding of soft tannins with more of that blueberry fruit laced with a bit of tobacco. Not an earth-shatterer and not a wine for long-term aging, but a very nice Cabernet nonetheless. Drink with a white pizza. Recommended.

WHO: Amethyst
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon
WHERE: Napa Valley, California
WHEN: 2003

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