Cassis and vanilla come through on the nose. The palate shows more complexity, leading with black currant and mulberry, adding tart red fruits on the mid-palate. Unsweetened chocolate, espresso, and some pencil lead dance in and out among the fruit flavors. Drink with lamb chops. Highly Recommended. 90 points. DBH

WHO: Murrieta’s Well
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon
WHERE: Livermore Valley, CA
HOW MUCH: $58 (media sample)