Aromas of blackberries and cocoa waft up on the nose. Huge, ripe black fruits lead on the palate, black currant, plums, and elderberry, with milk chocolate and espresso adding depth on the mid-palate. Tannins are grippy. This requires red meat and fat – try it with lamb chops with béarnaise butter. Highly Recommended. 93 points. DBH

WHO: Rodney Strong
WHAT: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot
WHEN: 2013
DESIGNATION: Symmetry
WHERE: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
HOW MUCH: $55 (media sample)
POINTS: 93