Brothers Vineyard is Rodney Strong’s northernmost, and warmest, vineyard in Alexander Valley. The wine of opaque, with a deep, earthy nose. Black currant dominates, with sweet blueberry in the background. It is even darker on the palate, leading with elderberry and blackberry. Some black tar and tobacco add bitter to new oak sweetness. Tannins are firm and tight. This needs at least five years to loosen up and let the fruit flavors free. Hold until then, and drink with bacon-wrapped filet. Highly Recommended. 90 points. DBH

WHO: Rodney Strong
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon 99%, Petit Verdot 1%
VINEYARD: Brothers Vineyard
WHERE: California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley
HOW MUCH: $75 (media sample)